UNDERSTANDING YOUR TEMPTATIONS (1)
Many of us suffer unnecessarily because of our misconceptions about temptation.
The first one is: expecting your temptations to cease—or at least decrease. When the Israelites entered the Promised Land they had the same expectation. They were surprised that the Canaanites were still in the land. So they got discouraged, thinking they must have gone the wrong way. ‘Surely this couldn’t be the land of promise.’
God’s Word makes it clear that the Christian life, from start to finish, is warfare. Paul says we are called to ‘…wrestle…against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places’ (Ephesians 6:12 KJV), and your level of temptation increases as you draw closer to God.
Notice: when Israel first left Egypt, God didn’t lead them through Philistine territory ‘though that was shorter. For God said, “…If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt”’ (Exodus 13:17 NIV).
God understood their fledgling faith and protected them from their enemies. But later, when their faith had grown, He permitted them to face seven powerful nations.
Just like the Promised Land, the promised life of victory requires you to deal with temptation and wrestle your way through to victory, believing that ‘…greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world’ (1 John 4:4 KJV). Indeed, their enemy’s attack proved that Israel was in the Promised Land. So experiencing temptations is proof you are truly abiding in Christ.
‘…don’t let us yield to temptation…’ Matthew 6:13 NLT
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Matthew 14:27-31; 21:21, 22; mark 9:23; 10:27; john 11:40
Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid! Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.
He said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat & walked on the water & came to Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid, & beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand & took hold of him, saying to him, “o you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Truly, I say to you, if you have faith & do not doubt, even if you say to this mountain, be taken up & thrown into the sea, it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith! If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.
For all things are possible with God!
Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God!
Do not fear your storms! Only believe in him & he will guide you through the storm! He has promised you so much! Believe & you will see!