MEMORIZE: 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 yea are able; but will the tempatation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Cor. 10:13
Devotional Reading: James 1:12-27
Temptation is one of the most familiar experiences of a true child of God and no one can totally escape from it. Even our Lord Jesus Christ was tempted – Matt.4:1 and Hebrews 4:15. This was why the Lord taught us to include it in our daily prayer, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”
It is not a sin to be tempted, it is yielding to temptation that is a sin. Temptation has sources and purposes. God never tempts any man, although He may give permission for the devil to do so when He is certain that it will work out for our good and the end result would be for His Glory. James1:13. God sets boundaries. Job.1:12. The actual sources of temptation are from Satan according to Matt.4:1, the flesh according to James 1:14, evil association prov. 1:10 and the shocking one some Christian friends.
God only allow temptation to come our way, when He wants to test our faith, obedience or loyalty. He does that for Him to know the depth of our love and sincerity in obeying his command and to assess the degree of our loyalty to him. It is so easy to say I love God, but the prove of that love can only be tested in times of trouble.
Temptation can come through different avenues: Poverty or prosperity, discouragement, pride like the case of Nebuchanezzar in Dan.4:30. Pleasure such that led Demas astray; also desire for power, lobbying for a position not meant for you. Excess love for material possessions in the account of Achan in Joshua 7 can also be cause of temptation. Other causes can be love of women, love of money, love of men, love of earthly things above our love for God, and many more. These are some of the mediums by which a man can be tempted.
There is abundant grace to overcome temptation. I am praying for you today, that God will give you the grace to overcome temptation when it comes your way in the mighty name of Jesus.
May the Lord help you to overcome temptation in Jesus name.
Prayer point: My father and my God, help me overcome temptation in Jesus name.
Key Dose: He that endure and overcome temptation, will experience glorification.
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)