Larry Sitz, Kedron Church of Christ
Ever since the serpent entered the garden of Eden, man has been tempted by evil and the pleasures of this world. Satan has laid the foothold of temptation in our minds by the time we are old enough to discern good from evil. He will never give up with his temptations and he will never go away as long as we are alive. Since temptation will always be with us, how should we deal with it? I Corinthians 10:13 says, “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 with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Notice that God does not say that he will take away the temptation, but will make a way out for us. As with other matters God makes an alternate choice for us, but it is still up to us to make the right choice. Every single day we are tempted and often we do give in and make the wrong choice. We know what is right and we want to do right, but often we do not. We are not alone in this situation, for the great apostle Paul encountered the same dilemma. “For the good that I would I do not, but the evil which I would not that I do.” Paul explains that it is a war between the inward or spiritual man, and the outer, or physical man. This is not a new thing and mankind will always be plagued by temptation (Rom 7:15-19).
We can better deal with temptation, if we study and are devoted to God’s word. Then we will know what He expects of us in all situations in which we may find ourselves. This fleshly body is weak, so if we are tempted by a certain thing, then it is best to avoid even going near that temptation. Stay away from people or places that we know ahead of time will tempt us. We should not speak of, joke about, or even look at evil things that tempt us. Avoiding the situation where we know temptation lies is always wise and thus many temptations may never be encountered. But rest assured, no matter how far away we try to stay from temptation it will come to us, for the devil is relentless as he walks about as a roaring lion seeking those he may devour (I Peter 5:8).
Many blame God when they are tempted to do evil, but man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust. God cannot be tempted with evil and he does not tempt any man (James 1:13-14). When Jesus was tempted of the devil and was told to cast himself down from a pinnacle of the temple he said, “it is written again, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Matt. 4:6-7) God says, if we endure temptation we shall receive the crown of life, that He has promised to those who love him (James 1:12). Jesus also admonishes us to watch and pray to avoid temptation (Mark 14:38). By the scriptures we know that God will never tempt us with evil and we are warned many times that we are not to tempt God. Our greatest hope is to love God and keep his commandments, for He is our only sure defense against temptations of the evil one.
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00. If anyone has questions: please call 270-657-2455, if no answer, leave a message, I will call you back.
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