Welcome to your Turnaround Era. God is too faithful to fail! The Word of God is created solely for our benefits. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. God will never allow any challenge you cannot carry.Hence, I will be teaching on ‘Dealing with Temptation’.Stay with me to learn from God’s Word in this teaching series.
What is Temptation?
Temptation is a desire to engage in short-term urges for enjoyment that threatens long-term goals. It is an attraction, either from outside oneself or within, to act contrary to right reason and the commandments of God. Jesus, during His life on earth, was tempted by satan (Matthew 4:3-11). Temptation primarily connotes a trial in which man has a free choice of being faithful or unfaithful to God. Everyone deals with temptation, but if we yield to them, then we fall into sin.
The process of temptation and sin is taught in James 1:13-15. Temptation does not come from God; it comes when we are drawn away in our own lusts. This means that each person will be tempted in different ways at different times. What is not a struggle for me can be a cause of sin for someone else. Therefore, we should be sensitive to others and not participate in activities that could cause others to sin. The verses go on to say that when lust has been allowed to mature, it brings sin and ultimately death. We do not have to be slaves to the temptations of the devil. Focusing our lives and minds around the Word of God will equip us fight temptation.
Why Does God Permit Temptation?
Temptations are not to mar you as a Christian. Just as we saw in the case of Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11, His ability to win over the devil granted Him the ability to win over the temptations brought His way by the Pharisees and his eventual triumph over the cross. The Bible clearly stated in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that, No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. Temptations comes as a stimulant for growth, each temptation you overcome increases your spiritual stamina as a Christian. Therefore do not be anxious when faced with temptations; rather, build yourself up in the most holy faith praying in the Holy Ghost just as admonished in Jude1:20. The Holy Spirit enables you overcome any temptation like Jesus, and this will be your testimony in Jesus name!
Remember, you cannot have access to the Holy Spirit if you do not have access to Jesus. However, you must accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour to live an overcomer’s life. If you desire a closer relationship with Jesus and the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, you can say this prayer of faith with me: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I believe You died and rose again for my sake. Forgive me my sins, take over my life, make me Your child and let Your peace reign over my life. Thank You for saving me. Now I know I am born again! Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe you will begin to experience the reality of the price Jesus paid for your sins on the cross. You will enjoy all round rest and peace, in Jesus name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org OR call 07026385437 and 08141320204. For more insight, this book authored by me is available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Overcoming anxiety.