Temptations are common

Temptation is something that we all have. We all deal with it in our own ways, but we all have it. Temptation in and of itself is not a sin, but all too often it quickly turns into sin through our indulgence. Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire, when that desire is allowed to continue it gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death (James 1:14-15). We all have desires in our hearts that lead us down different paths. Unfortunately those desires are wrapped in flesh and if we are not careful they can lead us straight to sin. Have heart though because if you are with Christ you died with Him when you entered into the watery grave and we believe also that we live with Him upon being risen from the water, just as Christ rose from the grave (Romans 6:8). When Christ died he died to sin once and for all and we must also consider ourselves dead to sin and alive in Christ. We must not let sin rule in our body by obeying its passions, for sin no longer has control over us (6:10-14).

It may feel as though we are under the control of sin at times, I know that I have certainly felt this way, but we always have a choice because God will never allow us to be tempted beyond what we have the ability to escape from, for He always provides a way out (1 Cor. 10:13). It is a misconception of many that once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior that we will never have temptation and will never succumb to sin, but the reality is that God wants us to worship Him and follow willingly. Sin will actually draw us closer to Christ if we allow it to by leaning on him in prayer and petition, by keeping our spiritual eyes open and searching for the way out that God has provided for us. It has been my experience that the times that I have let sin win there has always been a way out that was provided to me, but I chose to ignore it. Can I say that this is a common problem. It is not easy to resist the enemy and you are not the only one who struggles with this. Paul who authored much of the New Testament was in the same boat and even says in Romans 7 that he does not understand what he does because the things that he does not want to do are the very things that he does and the things that he desires to do he does not have the ability to carry out.

Paul is speaking of the war that is fought within us everyday in our own lives. There are times when we succeed in the battle, but it is not over for there will soon be another temptation lurking around the corner. Satan is the father of lies (Jn. 8:44) and wants you to follow him by deceiving you and distorting your vision and your very thoughts into believing that things will be easier if you just give into your desires, but you and I both know that it will not be easier and will definitely not be better. We know the feelings of despair, guilt, and helplessness that we feel afterwards, but those feelings are not from the Father. They are indeed from the enemy, the very tempter who told you that it would be ok to do it just this once, that no one is looking, that no one would ever know. Satan is the master of deception and only comes to steal, kill, and destroy all of the good things that we have in life, but Jesus if we chose to follow Him will give us life to the fullest(Jn. 10:10).

Protect us Lord from our inner desires, protect us from the desires of the flesh that lurk around the corner waiting for the perfect moment to temp us. We thank you that there is always a way out, a way to flee from the temptation. Father help us to see the way out and to be able to identify these temptations for what they are, lies of deception put in place by Satan who wants us as his very own. We are not his though, because of your Son who has paid the price for us already. Lord we praise your name on high and marvel in your glory! How blessed we are to have a Father who loves us and protects us by giving us a way out. Help us to be a light to the world, help us to stand beside one another in our struggles, and to take a stance against the enemy who wants nothing more than to destroy us. Help us to be ready for the war that is all around us. We are your warriors and we say “yes” to you and “NO!” to the enemy. Guide us Lord. In Jesus name. Amen

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