And this final post is specifically for fellow believers out there. There’s so much struggle with the flesh on a daily basis. Truth be told, we desire to live right, to serve and please God wholeheartedly. But our shortcomings can be so overwhelming. There are days when we feel we’ve gotten our “spirituality” right, only for us to slip into some unexpected sin. The Goodnews is that God isn’t done with us yet. And where sin abounds, grace abounds even more! (Romans 5:20)
So let’s talk about temptations. According to James 1:14, A Temptation is a trap while falling into it is sin. The Goodnews is that, even Christ himself was tempted in every way like we are, yet knew no sin (Hebrews 4:15).
Temptations come in various sizes and shapes, and present at every passing moment. From the temptation to yell at someone who has stepped on our toes, to the temptation to act selfishly while dealing with others, and the temptation to conform to all sorts of ungodly lifestyles. Temptations are for real. No wonder Jesus prayed “Lead us not into Temptation…” (Matthew 6:13)
The problem of the believer is not the temptation he faces, but the lack of resistance to overcome it. We are easily enticed by sin because we are not yet rooted and grounded in God’s word. While some of us know a few scriptures offhand, we still can’t readily discern when the spirit of God is leading us. We must continue to walk steadfastly on the path of righteousness, with all sobriety and sincerity. And God is able to make his grace abound towards us (2 Corinthians 9:8).
Believers must be careful about setting conducive environments for temptations to thrive. Like I shared with a friend recently, if I were to add an 11th commandment, it would read: “THOU SHALL NOT TEMPT THE TEMPTER.” You don’t place some sugar in an open bowl and expect sugar ants not to visit.
We are to guard our mindspace (heart) with all diligence. We should closely monitor whatever goes in/out. There’s the kind of music that promotes lust. The same goes for movies, books etc It’s in our best interests to avoid them. Feed on anything that promotes your love for God on a daily basis. The WORD is always a go to. (Psalm 119:11)
It’s also reasonable to ask that we associate with fellow believers. People of like-minds. That is, not just those who are called Christians, but those who are as determined as we are, to live for Christ here on earth and reign with him in eternity.
Temptation is not SIN, but an opportunity to commit it. SIN is always a choice the believer can choose not to make.
Above all, the Christian walk is a walk of faith. Without faith it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
PS: Thanks to everyone who read/liked/commented on, any of the posts for this challenge (DEAR 2016: 21 LESSONS!). I really appreciate the feedbacks and encouragement. I sincerely hope each of you picked up a lesson or more. Please endeavor to apply what you have learnt as soon as you can. It’s not enough for us to know the right things, we can only profit by doing them.
Till next time😊☺️😊☺️
Have an Amazing 2016!!!