Jas 1:14 KJV But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
How often are we all tempted by our own lusts? Be it lust of another ones spouse, a new phone, house, car. We live in a society that bombards us with the latest and greatest of everything. If you use Facebook at all you can bet you have been selectivley targeted by marketing plans. There is no escaping the reality that we are all tempted. From the start mankind has dealt with temptation:
Gen 3:1 KJV Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
From the very beginning our nature has been to allow the temptation to win out. In the garden Eve gave way to the temptation of knowledge. Adam then followed suit. I preached once on the fact that we are all tempted. And the Temptations come in two forms generally internal and external. Lets take a look at Genesis 3:1 and we will see both.
First there are the External Temptations. You know the cookie or cake sitting there on the kitchen counter. Imagine how much easier that new years diet would be if you did not have to look at them? External temptations play on our senses: sight, smell, touch, taste.
Next there are the internal temptations, desires, wants and covetness. The desire for anothers spouse, money, wealth, home. We may never act on them, but their very existence make us guilty before God. Jesus tells us:
Mat 5:28 KJV But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
We have now seen two kinds of temptation and how they convict us of sin before God. Now we know we will always fall, but we should not wallow with regards to them. So how are we to combat such temptations?
Removal of the temptation and focusing on Christ are our strongest weapons. Removal of external temptations that is, and prayer for internal.
If there is a external temptation remove it or yourself. You will be less likely to sin looking at the object you desire.
If it is an internal, pray ask Christ for help. And above all don’t fail to ask your brothers in Christ for help and prayer. Knowing that Christ has taught us:
Mat 7:8 KJV For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Temptation is something we all must deal with, how we address it will dictate if it will rule us. Until next time pray hard, remove the temptations and God bless!