“How Tempted Are We Towards Temptation?”

15 06 2011

Greetings I bring to you friends in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ Our Redeemer. Dear friends, as we take a look at the above topic entitled, “How Tempted Are We Towards Temptations,” and today as believers we all do go through some kind of Temptations in our life. Are we able to resist the Temptations of this world?

Dearly beloved friends, the word TEMPTATION is so tempting that many of us who are believers have in fact given into Temptation. Friends, it is not only us who are being tempted in this present age. Our Lord Jesus himself was tempted. Jesus Christ being the Son of God himself was tempted. Jesus Christ was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Jesus Christ was full of the Holy Spirit when he was led into the wilderness. The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tested, tempted and to be humbled.

It was the same with the Israelite’ s when God brought them into the wilderness for 40 days as it was written in Deuteronomy 8:2-3. God brought the children of Israel to test them and to see what is in their hearts and whether they are still holding on to His commands. God humbled the children of Israel by causing them to hunger and then feeding them with the manna from heaven neither they nor their forefathers knew to make them realize that “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes out from the mouth of God.”

Dear friends, it is quite interesting to draw comparisons between  Jesus Christ and the children of Israel in the wilderness. In both the cases they have both experienced God’s power and favor upon them. Let us see how both Jesus and the children of Israel overcome the temptations in the wilderness. Firstly let us take a look at the way the children of Israel handled the temptations in the desert.

They were most of the time murmuring and grumbling against Moses who was God’s chosen vessel to bring them out of slavery from Egypt. They were also grumbling against God accusing God that he brought them out of Egypt to die in the wilderness. They were grumbling over the food that God supplied them with. It was manna that God gave them and yet they were grumbling.

They wanted to eat meat and God rained down quail and yet they were never satisfied. They were longing for the temptation of food in Egypt. God was so angry with the children of Israel that he called them stiff-necked people. They forsake the commands of God. They started worshiping idols that their hands have made. They did not at all stood on the word of God. The children of Israel submitted their flesh into temptation. They did all the detestable things before the eyes of God.

Dearly beloved friends, let us take a look at our Lord Jesus Christ in the wilderness and his attitude towards Temptations. Let us see how he rebuked the devil by standing on the word of God and always proclaiming that the “word of God is written” and it is God’s final say. No one could change that. Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights in the wilderness. He did not eat or even drink and that he was physically weak in His body. Yet, Jesus did not even grumbled at all. Jesus did not ever gave in into Temptation. He resisted and rebuked the devil three times using the word of God. Even though Jesus was physically weak he was spiritually strong. That is why Jesus could overcome temptation.

Dear friends, we have seen the both side of Jesus and the children of Israel and how each one reacted against temptation. Today we all go through the same pace of Temptation. In fact all of us at this time is undergoing some kind of a temptation in our lives. What is our attitude against Temptation? Are we going to be like the children of Israel that is always murmuring and grumbling against God because of the daily temptations that we are facing daily or are we like Jesus using the word of God to go against the devil. We are all physically weak but we must as believers be spiritually strong on the word of God to keep us moving on in this life.

We must thank God for the trials and the temptations that we have to undergo daily or else we would not ever know our spiritual growth and we will not be able to experience God’s mighty power in our lives. So friends, stop all the murmuring and grumbling against God and be matured Christian believers who can use the word of God like a double edged sword to go against the devil. Remember the devil knows how well you and I are in tuned with God’s word. Lastly my friends, Resist The Devil and he will flee from you. You are in my prayers! Stay Blessed and Be Blessed at all times. 

God Bless.

Jasmine.C

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