Temptation-Part 2

Temptation - Part II
The Way of Escape

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals on "Temptation."  Temptation is defined as,

  • A desire for something bad
  • An Incitement (stirring up) of desire
  • A cause of desire

In Part I, we learned that temptation comes from Satan, both directly and indirectly by various things that have been sewn into the fabric of our world through the attitudes, traditions and the various entertainments within the cultures of the world.  We learned that we are tempted when we are drawn away by our own "Desires" and enticed or attracted to them.

In Part II, we will continue to look at some very important truths about "Temptation."

We get our biblical meaning of "Temptation" from the word, "Peirasmos," pi-ras-mosĀ“; which basically means to "Test" or "Prove" someone.  So in essence, Satan's temptation of man is his way of testing us or attempting to prove that we will fail in our obedience to God and His will for us in that particular situation.  

It is important to know that the "Temptation," itself is not sin on our behalf.  Sin happens when we continue to think on these tempting thoughts too long and fail to discard them - we actually entertain them within our minds.  We are told not to do this!  In fact, our ability to "Cast down," or to throw these thoughts into the spiritual trashcan is one of our "Mighty" weapons.  This means getting rid of any thought that comes against the knowledge contained within the Bible.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 2Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV)

In Part 1, we learned that God "Allows" only certain temptations and this is an important truth that we must hold fast too.  Those temptations are "Tests" allowed by God, and they will never be too difficult of a test for us to endure. We are told that "No Temptation" has overtaken us except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that we may be able to bear it."

It is important that we know that "the way of escape" and our being "able to bear it" is referring to our going through the "Test" with God's guidance and help - it is not referring to us bailing out of a situation, such as a job or a relationship because it is too difficult.  Remember, Jesus knows what we are going through, because He was tempted in "All points" (Heb 4:15) as we are going to be.  And He endured each of these temptations, including 40-days by the devil while fasting out in the wilderness.

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. Luke 4:1-2 (NKJV)

We can learn something very valuable from this passage of this passage of Scripture here in Luke 4:1-2.  We can see how we should be prepared to face the tests of the enemy - we must be "filled" with the Holy Spirit, and then led by the Holy Spirit.  It is through this fresh filling that we are able to stand against the lies and deceptions that we will face.  It is through this "Filling" that we become equipped and empowered for every good work.  

Some people are tempted to get drunk when they are overwhelmed with problems and they are faced with difficult situations that are putting them to the test.  They may feel that this helps them to endure or to deal with the problem.  As Christians, we are told not to do this, but to be filled instead with Gods Spirit.

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, Ephesians 5:18 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, God loves you so much and He knows everything you are going through.  He is with you just as He was with Jesus when He walked this Earth.  Don't look for an escape route when going through the valleys of death - look for the proper route; the one that is being led and empowered by the Holy Spirit and that is in obedience to God's Word.

In our next part of the devotional series, we will continue to look at our part in "Temptation" and how we should handle it.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn with regard to temptation and the way with which we are to deal with it?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to walk in obedience, and to trust God when you face trials and tests?

APPLICATION: Understand that tests are going to come each and every day.  Start your day by asking God to fill you with the power of His Spirit.  Now take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ - get rid of any thought that is not from God - those that go against the writings in the Bible.

Father, Thank You for Your protection and Your covering.  Thank You for filling me with Your Holy Spirit and empowering me to make the right choices.  Lord forgive for those times where I have acted foolishly and have instead followed my own desires instead of taking the thoughts captive.  Fill me today Lord and help me to face the tests that lay ahead.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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