Good Morning everyone! Happy Friday, or should I say Thank God It’s Friday!
This morning I had a tough time getting out of bed, because I went to bed at a late time and woke up with something that seems like a bit of a cold. But never the less, I am up and ready to worship God, and today is also the day where I said worship Wednesday’s blog post would take place.
First thing’s first, I just wanted to give my mom a shoutout for coming up with the title of this blog post. I woke up this morning to a bbm message from her saying this and I fell in love with it! Good job Momma!
Today were going to talk about temptation. What is does the word temptation mean when speaking from a Christian point of view? What is temptation to you as a Christian? Do you give in to your temptations, or do you resist them? We’re going to explore a place in the bible where Jesus himself was tempted by Satan. Through this blog post I hope you find ways to refrain form giving into what temptations you may be faced with, and I’ll be sharing some of mine too. Happy reading guys!
If you have your bible handy, flip to Luke 4:1-13
1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit returned from the Jordan and and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward when they ended, He was hungry. 3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the son of God, command this stone to become bread”. 4 But Jesus answered him saying, “It is written ‘Man shall nutlike by bread alone, but by every word of God’.” 5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 “Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours”. 8 And Jesus answered and said to him “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve”. 9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him “If you re the Son of God, throw yourself down from here. 10 for it is written: He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you, 11 and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone’. 12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God; 13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.
Here we are exposed to Jesus being tempted by the devil, and how He himself was able to resist the devil’s requests.
What is temptation from Christian point-of-view?
Many would define temptation as a solicitation to sin, to do something that opposes the will and the word of God. Temptation is an attempt to cause a person to sin. Now let’s compare what temptation looks like from the devils perspective, and God’s perspective. Satan’s end goal is to use temptation as a result of sin, he used temptation as “bait” to lure someone into doing something against God’s word. God, however, thinks of “temptation” as something more as a “test” to see if His people will use Him has a weapon against sin, and to know that His followers are acting in obedience to the Lord God.
An interesting thought to ponder is, was Jesus really tempted by the devil? It is written in the hebrews version that He was tempted by Satan, but when I read through I can’t find a place where Jesus is hesitant, he stood firm and knew what was right. He didn’t contemplate what the devil was asking of Him, he clearly stated ” it has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God”. And it was made clear that he was certain about that. I compare this to a situation where someone is being verbally bullied, and the bully continues to try and put the person down and torment this person with his or her words, but the victim doesn’t begin to feel bad from it, instead they laugh it off and say “whatever you say”. The victim knows that they are strong, and knows that they are so much more than what this bully is saying to them. That’s just something I picture when I read these verses in the bible.
What does temptation look like to you?
For me, temptation is something strictly from the devil. It isn’t from God whatsoever, because God would not try to set me up for failure. God does test me in ways to see if I’ll obey Him, but in no way does He try to lure me into anything that will condemn me. I have been tempted in many ways, and though I have given into temptation, as I have drawn myself closer and closer to God, I’ve been able to use Him as my shield. I can’t explain the words He does, but I can say that He does an amazing job at protecting me from evil things, this can be thoughts, words, feelings, anything. I used to believe the devil when he said I’d become chubby like my child hood days when I’d eat something that wasn’t a vegetable or fruit. I also used to believe that I was unworthy of many things like sitting down, doing anything that involved little or no movement. I used to be a slave to Satan, and I was beating myself up by doing it. God has given me so much grace, and so much strength and courage. I live for what God wants, I listen to Him. If you feel like you’re about to be put in a situation where sin may occur, or where you feel you’re being taken advantage of, turn your head and heart to the Lord and resist temptation by the devil. It’s pure evil what the devil does, that’s why his territory is hell. We as Christians have the greatest gift of all, and that’s to have a strong relationship with someone who is always, always here. Giving into temptation is considered to be sinful, but if you have and are in deep regret about it, ask the Lord for forgiveness. He will forgive you. I promise you. God doesn’t hold grudges, and with that kind of love and support, I don’t know why else you wouldn’t want to trust and obey what he says.
Let’s turn our heads to the Lord each day, and put the devil to shame. Let’s give Satan a piece of mind. Let’s be better Christian’s each day.
I love you all and I hope you’re all having a wonderful day.