Satan more often than not uses the same strategies as He used in Eden's Garden: 1) Pride: ye shall be as gods... 2) Shame: they fled from the presence of God ... 3) Arrogant attacks on God: the woman you gave me ..... But God never leaves us alone to fight for ourselves, God will, with the temptation, also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1Cor.10:13
Blessed is the man who endures Satan’s temptation. Blessed is the man who endures God’s testings – (for the temptations of Satan are used by God in His child training). So blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
We read that: He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. It is not God that places temptation in the lives of believers but the enemy. God cannot be tempted with evil neither does He tempt any man.
Many Christians find this total acceptance by God, very difficult to understand… and they spend much of their lives seeking to remain in His good books, by being 'good', ..and so their foot slips, or temptation strikes, and they think His acceptance of them is lost.
When He came to rest in the glory of the Father's presence, love had conquered every temptation....We, too, are confronted by some of the foes which He had to face, for we have been called to bear the Cross after Him.
Trial and temptations, however dreadful and distressing are the experience of all: for 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. 1 Cor.10:13
Teach me Thy paths, while in Proverbs 3:6 we read: In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
This is the man that brings for the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit; Love in times of Hostility; Joy in times of Pain; Peace in times of Trouble; Long-suffering in times of Frustration; Gentleness in times of Oppression; Goodness in times of Evil; Faith in times of Testing; Meekness in times of Irritations; Temperance in times of Temptation.
Guarantee of Escape
But remember, precious child of God… no temptation, anxiety, burden, oppression, persecution… no harassment, attack, wound or pressure has overtaken you, except such as is common to man.
But the Word of God tells us that God Himself is faithful, Who will not allow you to be tempted or tried or tested beyond what you are able to bear, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
When circumstances seem impossible, when all signs of grace in you seem at their lowest ebb, when temptation is fiercest, when love and joy and hope seem well nigh extinguished in your heart, then rest, without feeling and without emotion, in the Father's faithfulness; abide in the fact that He loves you infinitely, and even now is working in you faithfully; and honor Him, and put the enemy to flight by taking to yourself the words of Job: Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.' I have prayed for thee' (says the One who ever lives to make intercession for us) that thy faith fail not.' -D.T.
A Tiny Glimpse
Were we to be given the slightest glimpse of the true love of God.. through the lowering clouds of unknowing in the mists of life’s uncertainties, I doubt temptation’s unbelief would ever darken our questioning hearts again.
The temptation to shortcut is especially strong, unless we see the value and submit to the necessity of the time element; in simple trust resting in His hands - “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Christ Jesus.
And He commands us: Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation. Live by faith and not by sight and don’t get embroiled in signs and wonders. We live under grace and not under the law.Be faithful in the place that God has put you. Be faithful to the point of death. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God.
destroying faith and hope – God knows how much we can all bear: For 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
And many, like Demas and Orphah, turn back to the world. But this is God’s take on that issue: 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 trial also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1Cor.13:10
It is often the seeking heart that becomes the butt of Satan’s vicious and prolonged attacks:- blessed is the man who endures temptation.. for when he has been approved he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12
Sometimes His temptation came through direct taunts and attacks from the tempter. Sometimes His trials came via a subtle suggestion from His family or a dearly loved friend. Throughout His life, Jesus was enticed to leave His path of total dependence on the Father..
Many times we are reminded that God will give us a way to escape from trials: for 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. 1Cor 10:31
Job 13:16 And the prayer of Habakkuk is a timely reminder to hold fast to the faith we posses, for despite the temptation to lose his faith in God – He rejoiced over God’s faithfulness.
Man’s False Perception
Many Christians find this total acceptance by God, very difficult to understand. Many spend much time seeking to remain in His good books, by being “good”, They think that if their foot slips, or temptation strikes, that God’s favour is lost – Not so !!
There are so many dangers today of which we need to be aware – not only of yielding to temptation and falling into sin but being able to identify and avoid the influences of false teachers and apostates that are infiltrating the Church today, where an increasing number of false doctrine and teachers are flooding Christendom with another gospel.
Temptation to sin is not suppressed by self-mutilation, nor is it arrested by physical dismemberment – for the seat of sin is the heart and mind, and not in the hand, foot or body-member that perform a sinful act.
All that is evil is of the devil and all that is good is of God and so God will never tempt a man to sin, for God hates sin and cannot look upon sin – but God will often use temptation in a man’s life to test his faith, patience and perseverance - and the one that endures the test will glorify God.
Temptation to sin must never be seen as a sin.
Christ Himself was tempted yet He never sinned - and we too can be tempted but do not need to yield to temptation, for God is faithful and will not allow His children to be tempted more than they can stand.
Temptation comes from the evil desires that lurk deep within the heart of all men, for we all have an old sin nature - and we can allow these temptations to lure us away from what is good and entice us into sin.
We can either resist the temptation in the strength of the Holy Spirit as we walk in spirit and truth, in our new life in Christ OR we can yield to the temptation and allow it to take hold in our hearts and draw us away from truth and virtue.
How important therefore not to yield to temptation but rather to turn away from fleshly desires and resist temptation - for all that is evil is of the devil – but all that is good comes from our Father, Who desires that we are holy unto the Lord, set apart unto Him, for He is holy.
Those who are saved by grace are to resist temptation and to walk in the unity of the Spirit.
For those who believe, this passage is a great comfort as well as an admonishment towards righteous living and godly behaviour... for IF God did not spare angels when they sinned and IF He did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah... and IF He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction and made them an example to the ungodly, but rescued righteous Lot... THEN the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment.
How similar the days in which we live mirror the days about which James was writing and the lesson that they were to learn is one that we need to fully understand and apply, if we are to resist the temptation of Satan, which seeks to shipwreck our faith - and consider it as a God-given opportunity to produce in us perseverance, steadfastness and patient endurance.
The first twenty verses of Mark's Gospel catapult us through the tumultuous ministry of John the Baptist, Christ's baptism, and His temptation in the wilderness, into the beginning of His public ministry with the calling of His first disciples on the shore of the Galilee.
John had to resist the temptation to become great in the sight of his followers or to diminish the importance of Christ, and so 'He must become more important, but I must become less important', was his testimony.
There may be times when we are being tempted and tried... times when we think that we are unique and that the assaults of the enemy are focused on us alone - but we must never forget that every born-again child of God knows the same experience of suffering - and like them, there is no temptation that will overtake us that is not common to everyman.
And God has promised that no temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, Who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide a way of escape, so that you will be able to endure it.
Let us never forget that the temptations and trials in our lives are no different from what others experience - and God is faithful and has promised that He will not allow the temptation to be more than we can bear - but in His grace will provide a way out of it, so that we can endure it.
But God in His wisdom knows patient-endurance, humility of heart and a man that trusts in the Lord is not the fruit of a stress-free life, but a man or woman who has received God’s sufficient grace, to face any temptation or trial, which may happen along the way.
Let us therefore resist the temptation to murmurings and dispute with one another and let us trust the Lord in all things, so that our lives will be a living sacrifice that becomes to Him a sweet fragrance, and we will become blameless and pure children of God, without fault in this warped and crooked generation.
Praise God that this is not an evil fight but a good fight, for the battle has already been won by Christ’s victory on the Cross and we are to face all the challenges of life by maintaining an unfaltering faith in Him - trusting in His sufficiency to bring us through victoriously.We are to fight the good fight of faith by seizing hold of every opportunity, trusting His all-sufficient grace to bring us through by faith, rather than wilting at the enormity of a problem or caving in to the temptation that faces us.When we fight the fight of faith, we are trusting Him in all things and in so doing we are taking hold of eternal life.
There is no mistake that lack of discipline in ones eating and drinking habits or the temptation to remain long hours in one’s bed, in preference to rising early and facing the challenges of the day, all have a notably negative effect on one’s productivity, which can adversely affect many different areas of life – and be the contributing factor to poverty and pain.
One section concentrates on the value of wisdom and the dangers of folly while others give advice on things like practical morality, pleasing the Lord, the value of righteousness, the dangers of temptation, and the fruit of godly living.
Joseph fled from sexual temptation and ended up in jail, while Daniel faced a den of hungry lions in preference to dishonouring the Lord... and we should be careful that compromise does not creep into our decisions because of adverse circumstances.
We live in times that are becoming increasingly difficult to make ends meet and the temptation is to look at those around at those who appear to be so bountifully endowed, with the riches of this world... and yearn for a little of what they have – it seems so unfair – it seems so unjust, that those who seek after the wealth of this world appear to have a purse filled with coins, with little to concern their God-less lives - whereas we have such a meagre portion, and can scarce breathe for worry about provision for tomorrow, which enlarges into fear of the future.
Every act and action, every temptation and trial, every pain and every prayer was preparing Him for this ultimate hour - without which the sins of the world could never have been forgiven and Salvation could never have been procured.
During Christ's ordeal in Gethsemane, a number of the disciples fell asleep when their prayer support would have been so welcome, and they had to be admonished to, watch and pray - that ye enter not into temptation.
Abraham had just won a great victory over a number of pagan kingdoms and resisted the temptation to rely on the spoils of the battle for his supply, rather than on God Who is the great Provider of all we need, according to His riches in glory.
in quick succession to justify his conclusion, which is the same for each example: 1) IF God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment.....then... AND 2) SINCE God did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly.....then... AND 3) IF God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter.....then... AND 4) SINCE God rescued righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men.....THEN... the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment.
just as the first Adam had succumbed to the same temptation to act independently from God.
Satan knew perfectly well Who Jesus was, (for the Greek literally reads: SINCE You are the Son of God..), and the temptation to act independently of His heavenly Father would have been intensified at the end of a 40 day fast, after which we read: he was hungry.
And so we hear those universe-shattering words, when Jesus responded to this temptation by saying: it is written: Man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
When we are tempted to sin we must not forget that temptation never comes from the Lord, but has its root in sin.
Temptation comes to us through the outer enticements of the world and the inner lusts of the flesh.
If we give into temptation we sin, but when we resist sin's evil bait..
God turns that temptation into a meaningful trial, which He uses for our greater good and His own glory.
We can allow ourselves to be a slave to sin or a servant of righteousness - to yield to the temptation and dishonour God by sinning OR to resist the temptation and give glory to God by resisting the temptation.
As children of God we are exhorted in many passages to resist temptation and to choose the path of righteousness - indeed the Scriptures give step by step guidance on how to live godly in Christ Jesus.
Yielding to temptation or resisting temptation is a matter of individual choice, and we alone are responsible for the choices we make in our own life and the consequences that follow.
Truth hurts, especially when we try to justify our sinful choices, but the Bible makes it clear that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked - and when we yield to temptation and then try to make excuses for our own sinful choices - our defence freezes on our lips.
Anyone who gives-in to any type of temptation, stands silent before God - for it is his own inner passion that carry him away and, which serve as sin's bait.
Temptation is likened to a worm on a hook which entices a little fish out from its hiding place..
The source of temptation comes from within our fallen heart but it is only translated into sin when by thought, word or deed we yield to it's tempting bait.
When however that same source of temptation from within is resisted - the coin is flipped over and the temptation to sin becomes a test of faith..
But with the exhortation to gently and lovingly restore a brother in Christ, we are also warned to be careful not to fall into the same temptation ourselves: Watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted, for however mature a believer may be, we are all cautioned to keep watch on ourselves, lest we too are tempted to sin.
Paul knew that seeking after the glittering prizes of life and the accumulation of riches, can often lead us into temptation or entrap us within a materialistic mind-set, which can so speedily catapult us into ruin and destruction.
It was only right that Paul offered this well-earned encouragement and reassurance to these beleaguered saints... to persevere in the midst of terrible trials, by commending them for their Christian commitment when they were undergoing such pressures, persecution, temptation, and trials.
“and I couldn't help it', is often the lame excuse we make, when we fall into temptation and sin.
Not only is He the Creator of the brilliant sun and the Maker of the starry heights but He is the Well-spring of all spiritual light and the Fountain-head of all wisdom and goodness and grace - while Satan is the father of darkness, who kindles all sorts of evil against us and instigates every kind of deception, temptation, wickedness and sin.
And God uses trials for our eternal benefit while Satan sends temptation to harm us and hinder us in our spiritual growth.
Christians should never say that it was God Who tempted them.. for all temptation arises from sin and Satan, which is designed to entice us away from the godly path of righteousness.
Whether it is the lust of the flesh within or the lure of the world without, all temptation is rooted and grounded in sin.
If we succumb to the temptation we sin.
If we resist the temptation we do not sin and God will often turn that temptation to sin into a meaningful trial for good, which He graciously works together for our eternal benefit and for His eternal glory.
Probably the most important way to turn a temptation for evil into a trial..
Paul lists the essential qualities older women should cultivate, such as teaching the younger, less experienced women about godly living and what is good and honouring to the Lord... knowing that they may be subject to fleshly temptation or exhibit shallow behaviour.
He resisted temptation, learned obedience by the things He suffered, and lived a perfect life by depending on His Father, listening to the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit, standing on every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God, and praying without ceasing... in thanksgiving and praise.
keep watching and keep praying, He urged them, that you may not enter into temptation.
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.
After laying this prophetic foundation and a brief reference to Christ's baptism in the Jordan, His temptation in the wilderness and John's disgraceful imprisonment, Mark plunges straight into Christ's extended Galilean ministry, which it the main focus of his short gospel - until that final week of Christ's astonishing life on earth.
We're not to drift through our Christian life in a careless and carnal way, but rather we are to give close attention to entering into God's rest, by resisting temptation, by listening to His truth, by applying His word, submitting to the Holy Spirit and in utter dependence upon our Lord Jesus Christ.
But He also called us to pray: lead us not into temptation.
And although we know that God never 'tempts' His children, He uses the trials and temptation of life to test our confidence in Him, encouraging us to depend upon HIM and not on ourselves, when we face the trials and temptations in life.