Tag Archive | trials and temptations

II Timothy 4:7 ” I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

At the end of all Believer’s lives we would hope to be able to echo Paul’s words here.  Yes, I’ve struggled against temptation daily, but I’ve valiantly tried to remain honest and upright before the Lord.  I’ve professed my faith to others…contending for the prize… the victor’s crown of eternal life.  And in the end, like Paul, I wish to be able to say with confidence,  that I have finished the race and completed the task- the ministry- that the Lord Jesus Christ has laid out before me. (Acts 20:24)

I Corinthians 10:13 ” No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

“If it’s not broke, why fix it.”  Why should Satan have to change his tactics when it’s so easy to entice humans through their senses.  Nowadays,  we are constantly bombarded by a sensory overload that attempts to seduce us through what we see, hear, and feel emotionally.  Temptation  is so prevalent on TV, in movies, the Internet, and Social Media, that we can become apathetic and almost indifferent to that still small voice that whispers, “This is wrong.”   For temptation will remain only a temptation…as long as you don’t act on it.

Philippians 4:13 ” I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

I have this Scripture on a beautiful plaque in my bathroom.  And as I was getting ready this morning, I glanced up and there it was…like a beacon of truth, light, and hope.  It was a wonderful reminder that I don’t have to do this thing called life all by myself.  In I Timothy 1:12 it says that the Lord stands by my side and gives me strength…strength in all situations.  This strength He gives me is much more than just bearing and suffering through a trial.  The strength God gives,  enables me to effectively handle with grace and patience all things that come into my life.  For it’s only through Him,  I can cope with all things for His glory.

James 1:2-3 ” Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

The only way you can become really good at something is to practice…whether it’s a sport, a musical instrument, or a newly discovered talent,  without practice, it’s just wishful thinking.  Today, this Scripture wants us to take a new and different attitude when faced with the trials in our lives.  It wants us to consider trials  as practice.  Every time we’re put to the test, we need to realized it’s a God-ordained crucible in which we are being purified.  In other words, trials equal refining…trials equal developing patience…trials equal suffering in the faith…trials are a chance to practice what we preach.

I Thessalonians 3:5 ” For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless. “

Temptation in and of itself isn’t sin…but if acted upon, gives way to sin.  And temptation acted upon,  gives leave to a gateway or portal of evil into our very being.   Evil now has a foothold…a threshold into our lives that we can’t even imagine.  We’re all tempted on a daily basis, by endless means, all focused to cause us to fall into sin.  But we don’t have to give in…and we don’t have to permit that entryway to be established in our lives.  God is greater than any temptation that will befall you today.  Look to Him for guidance.

James 1: 2-3 ” Consider it pure joy my Brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”

Trials and temptations…we don’t like them.  We would  rather live  blissfully  in some kind of bubble insulated from the world and all bad stuff, but this scripture tells us otherwise.  It says as Believers we need to look upon trials and temptations with happiness…  because  by them we are refined in the crucible of Christ …becoming more like Him everyday.