Dealing with Temptation

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Temptation to sin is a struggle all of us experience. Sadly, a natural tendency of people is to shift the blame away from themselves. In doing so, they wrongly diagnose the problem and ignore the symptoms and therefore don’t receive the biblical solution. In this brief post, I want to look at temptation from the lens of .

The Source of Temptation

James makes it clear that God is not the source of our temptation. He can’t be tempted becauseHe has no capacity or vulnerability to temptation (; ; ) and therefore He does not tempt (). So then, where does temptation come from? says, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire”. He illustrates the source of temptation with fishing metaphors. Like a fish that is enticed by the bait and then lured away, we fall into temptation when our “own desire”drags us to the bait. The problem is within us (). Again, notice that the text says, “his own Continue reading Dealing with Temptation

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.

And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

Why do you make me see iniquity,
and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.

14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.

19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

Stop pointing the finger at others – look in the mirror

“They (Adam and Eve) heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, Where are you?10 And he said, I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.He said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?12 The man said, The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, What is this that you have done? The woman said, The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

From the beginning the art of blaming someone else for our mistakes has been within our nature. We feel shamed when we sin and go against God and therefore look to alleviate the blame and guilt by pointing the finger at someone else. Instead of pointing to Eve, Adam should have taken responsibility for not watching over and protecting Eve when the serpent was tempting her. He chose to sit by and allow Eve to take the fruit and even accept it from her. Men… God has given us the responsibility to watch over our families, serving them as Christ served and loved the Church (Eph 5:22-33). God will hold us accountable. Notice God first approached Adam, and not Eve, even though it was Eve who was tempted and took the fruit.

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And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”