Monday, September 23, 2019

Tempted

22 September

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!  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 Co 10:12–13; NIV)

This survey came out in 1992; it is now 2019, and there does not seem to be an update on this so I will continue to use it.  This survey came from the Discipleship Journal, where readers ranked areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them.  Here are the results:

1. Materialism.  2. Pride.  3. Self-Centeredness.  4. Laziness.  5. (Tie) Anger/Bitterness.  5. (Tie) Sexual lust.  7. Envy.  8. Gluttony.  9. Lying.

Survey respondents noted temptations were more potent when they had neglected their time with God (81%) and when they were physically tired (57%).  Resisting temptation was accomplished by prayer (84%), avoiding compromising situations (76%), Bible study (66%), and being accountable to someone (52%).  (Discipleship Journal, 11-12/92). 

Temptation.  It's all around us.  But how we handle it is the key.  I have talked to some dear saints who tell me they're never tempted.  I am always a bit shocked when I hear this.  I ask them, "You're never tempted to speed up when you see the light turn yellow or when you know the speed limit is going to go from 35 to 55 mph, just up ahead?  You're never tempted to say to someone with green hair or face piercings, what were you thinking?  You're never tempted to yell at the neighbor's dog when its been barking for the past two hours?" 

You see, temptation is all around us.  Paul says, "So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall."  All he was saying is that we need to know what to do with it or better yet, what not to do with temptation.  Remember, when you are tempted, God always provides a way out so you can stand under the pressure of temptation and stand tall, but you need to look for it and follow it.


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