I’ve hesitated to write about this, and I think I’ve started and stopped this post off and on for several weeks, but I know we all struggle, and together we can remember that there is hope.
Ok, here it is. Temptation. That desire to do something that we know is wrong. What the specific temptation is we can all fill in with our own personal area of temptation. And honestly, what it is doesn’t matter. It’s all about what we do with it.
To be really honest, it’s been a season of temptation, something that comes in and grabs on and bothers my heart and mind. It’s been rough.
This morning in my devotional time, I was reading Luke 4 about the temptation of Jesus. A study guide I looked in said this:
The word or idea of temptation is used in three different senses in the Bible.
*Satan, working through our own lusts, tempts us to perform evil acts-a
solicitation to evil. (1 Corinthians 7:5; James 1:13-14)
*We may tempt (wrongly put to the test) God. (Acts 5:9; 1 Corinthians 10:9)
*God may test us, but never with a solicitation to evil (Hebrews 11:17)
So there it is. Temptation. It’s real, it happens, and we need to be ready.
But, we will never be tempted beyond what we can resist. God always gives us a way out.
God even teaches us in our temptation. In this season, I’ve learned this:
If we give into whatever the temptation is, if we say yes, we are in a sense worshiping ourselves. We are placing ourselves and our desires above God’s love and God’s purposes.
But, when we stand strong, when we see it for what it is and choose to get close to God instead, to do what we should instead of what we desire, God carves new lines of grace and strength into our lives.
A side note: We have the cutest little dog in the world. He’s a really great pet, and well trained, but sometimes he is tempted to do things like swipe a sausage off the table if we aren’t in the room. I noticed something though. If we are nearby and tell him “No,” he doesn’t run off and hide. He runs to us and sits really close to us, almost like being close to us is what he needs to overcome that temptation.
When temptation comes your way this year, run away from it to Jesus. Get close to Him, because He is faithful and will help you get out of it and endure.
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Praying that God will grow you in strength and grace as you overcome the temptations that come your way &hearts.
P.S. Take a minute to download the January devo if you haven’t yet!