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Understanding and Overcoming Temptation Part I

The Origin of Temptation

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4 (NKJV)

Faith properly placed is a powerful thing. It is our faith properly placed in God and His powerful abilities rather than our own that brings us both a proper confidence and a great hope.  We need this hope to walk in victory.  I find all too often that we naturally tend to default to view the obstacles in our life as unscalable walls.  

We all know temptations come from the enemy in many forms — they are like spiritual landmines strewn all about our paths.  Satan is not omnipresent like God, which means he cannot be everywhere at the same time. Because of this, he must rely on his demons to help him out. Since they too cannot be everywhere, they craft well thought out booby traps to work in their absence. 

These temptation traps have been finely crafted into the fabric of our everyday lives.  They come from a variety of entertainment being offered to us, to the various types of attitudes within our societies.  There are even temptations within the very traditions and customs being passed down through generations.  I want to be clear on something, Satan is not all-powerful, nor is he all-controlling — only God is!  God allows Satan to work through the way of temptation, as God does not tempt anyone.

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. James 1:13 (NKJV)

And I want to also point out; the temptation in itself would have no allure if there were not a desire for that which is being used as temptation.  We are told in James 1:14-15 that “each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”

So our sin is the result of us not controlling the desires of our flesh when tempted by Satan and his emissaries. We see this occurring back in the Garden of Eden as Eve, desired to possess that which she was being tempted with.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6 (NKJV)

Again, all these temptations, whether lust, envy, covetousness, hate, anger, sadness, anxiety or fear—they are all from the enemy. These tests will come about in many ways, especially through extreme times of difficulty. But even in these times of difficulty, God has a perfect plan, and we are to be encouraged during them (James 1:2-4). God allows these temptations as a test in our life — knowing they will bring about those qualities and elements that are essential in our Christian Growth (cf. Job. 1:6-10). 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional, what can we learn about temptations and our part in dealing with them?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you applying your faith in God’s ability to guide you through the enemy’s temptations?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Choose to seek the Lord for protection, guidance, wisdom and strength each and every day.  Let God empower you to deal with every temptation.  Keep your eyes fixed upon the Lord during these temptations.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:  Father, thank You for Your protection, Your guidance, and Your wisdom.  I acknowledge You are all powerful and capable of handling every situation that I will face.  Give me Your wisdom today, and fill me with Your Spirit — empower me to deal with every temptation and to acknowledge Your will in each situation. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be blessed, Pastor Scott




Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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