Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. —James 1:13-14,
Temptations and trials are words which are oftentimes misinterpreted. At every point in life, people are being tempted, irrespective of their status or belief. God is not an author of temptation as against the popular misconception. Temptation comes from satan.
It might interest you to know that, there are objects of temptations everywhere. The things you see, watch, listen to, all projects temptation. It stirs up from a desire. When you see a half dressed person, as soon as you succumb to the temptation of stealing another look, you’ve given in to be lured by the spirit of immorality and if care is not taken, the end will turn sour. We need to control and censor the things that stick in our hearts.
While a trial upgrades a person at the end it all, temptation destroys its victim. There are several persons whose lives are destroyed today because; they yielded to the numerous devices of satan. Let us use the story of the biblical Sampson as our example. He was a Nazareth (he was separated unto God) who God brought forth to deliver the Israelites from the hands of their arch enemies; the Philistines. Sampson had an extraordinary power. The bible records in Judges 15:15 that, he killed one thousand men with a donkey’s jawbone. But, Samson had a weakness; Delilah. She was the tool satan used to bring Sampson down. What do we learn from this story? A person’s weakness or things he desperately desire is usually a point of attack by satan. Don’t say you have grace or anointing, devil does not know that. He tempted our Lord Jesus, so who is an ordinary human being that devil cannot tempt?
Temptation does not end after one attempt. Devil’s major work is to destroy the souls of men and women. He ensures with all perseverance that his bait catches a prey. In 2 Samuel chapter 11, satan lured David into committing adultery with Bathsheba and further killing Uriah her husband to cover his crime. Seeing that God forgave David and did not destroy him, statan restrategized. This time, he filled the heart of David with pride that, he numbered the children of Israel against the warnings of Joab and the commandments of God. This single act of disobedience by David displeased God and brought calamity upon the house of Israel. See 1 Chronicles 21:1-30. Satan was never happy that David was cherished by God; he gave it his all to make sure David’s kingdom was destroyed. Be careful, the wicked one is always looking for a way to dent the success story of a true Christian.
Do you know that yielding to temptations is by choice and not by force? Yes it is a choice. Satan does not force anyone, his major tool is deception – the way he deceived Eve. The way fishermen uses baits to attract fishes, only to fully catch and kill them with the hidden hook, so do devil makes sin look glamorous in order to fully perish his victim in hell fire. Be careful.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
There are temptations to cheat, to steal, to destroy people’s lives, to envy, to be proud, to tell lies, to reject Jesus etc. Temptations are first being processed in the mind before it will be acted out. Therefore, guide your heart with all diligence and feed your spirit with the word of God. Satan goes around like a hungry lion looking for who will end up with him in hell fire. Don’t be his victim.