Dealing Wisely with Temptation | Devotional by Charles Stanley

Let nobody say when he’s tempted, I’m being tempted by God”; for God can’t be tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn’t tempt anybody. However every one is tempted when he’s carried away and enticed by his personal lust. Then when lust has conceived, it provides delivery to sin; and when sin is completed, it brings forth dying. James 1:13-15

Temptation can be with us so long as we reside. Though the areas of enticement and their energy over us will change with time, we are going to by no means be so mature or spiritually minded that we will completely chill out our vigilance in opposition to them. Devil is at all times able to capitalize on our weaknesses and egocentric wishes to attract us away from the heavenly Father.

James says we’re tempted after we are carried away by our personal lusts. Due to this fact, the issue begins inside us after we really feel the pull of our flesh to suppose, converse, or do what’s opposite to Gods normal of holiness. Though being tempted just isn’t a sin in itself, yielding to it’s. Once we dwell on a tempting thought, the concept features a foothold in our thoughts and wishes. With extra consideration, the will will develop till a alternative have to be made about whether or not or to not act.

On the similar time, we shouldnt suppose that holding onto sinful wishes is okay so long as we dont really do something. Jesus debunked this concept within the Sermon on the Mount when He enlarged the Legal guidelines commandments to incorporate not simply actions but additionally attitudes of the guts (Matthew 5:21-48). Something lower than Gods normal of holiness just isn’t His will for us (Matthew 5:48).

Temptations begin small. Yielding to them could seem inconsequential, however as soon as we give in, that sin features energy in our life and our means to withstand grows weaker. It could appear as if theres no approach out of this downward spiral, however God has given us a approach of escape if we select to hunt out His assist (1 Corinthians 10:13).

By Dr. Charles Stanley
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