To be enticed; a test; a temptation n is a difficult situation; a pressure that brings a reaction through which the character or commitment of a person is demonstrated.
The first thing to mention about Temptations is that it is not a sin to be Tempted. The reason that I can say this is because Jesus was Tempted of the devil and It Is Written, He, Jesus was/is without sin.
Another thing to note is that which will Tempt one person may not be a Temptation for another person.
Therefore, Temptations are an individual / personal experience.
We read in St. Matthew 6:9-13, After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. *Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. *Give us this day our daily bread. *And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
**And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
This Scripture is typically referred to as: the Lord’s Prayer; there is a lot of information contained therein; the first thing being that a Soul is to identify to whom they are seeking an audience with and help from.
Now, to the Subject at hand, Temptations; a Soul, in and of their-self gets into a lot of difficulties and Temptations on their own therefore, they are asking the Lord to not Lead or allow them to be Lead in to Temptations.
However, there is a prerequisite to receiving an answer to this Prayer that needs to be met before asking the Lord not to Lead them in to Temptation and that is, they need to Admit and/or Confess their sins to the Lord and then Repent of their sins then, they can expect to receive their petition.
St Luck 11:2-4 is another witness of this Prayer.
The Apostle James in James 1:2-4 wrote, My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; *Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. *But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
When a Soul is Tempted “Tested” and Successfully Resist the Temptation “Passes the Test” then, they have the ability to change from Glory to Glory, they become Stronger in the Faith and more apt hold on to the Truth.
In James 1:12 the Apostle James wrote, Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
The Crown that the Saints are looking and hoping to receive is Life Everlasting in the Kingdom of God and Jesus.
The Apostle Peter in 2nd Peter 2:9 wrote, The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished.
The Godly are the Saints that Follow on to Know and Do “Observe” that which is Written in the Word of Truth, the Bible.
The way in which the Saints are to Over-come Temptation is by Following the Example of Jesus by Knowing, Speaking and Doing - “Using the Word of God, the Bible” - that which is Right and Well-pleasing to the Father of Lights.
I will mention briefly the other major topic in this Scripture deals with the Judgment of the Unjust “sinners.” You will note that Peter states that they are RESERVED unto Judgment. This means that they are Kept in Store; waiting for the Implementation of Judgment.
In 1st Corinthians 10:13 the Apostle Paul wrote, There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
A common thing is something that is a Natural Occurrence therefore, it is Natural to be Tempted.
The important thing is how one deals with Temptation; do they yield to it, ignore it or do they use the Word of the Lord to Address, Resist and Overcome it?
The Apostle Peter in 1st Peter 1:3-9, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, *To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, *Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
**Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: *That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: *Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: *Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Needles to say, as a general rule; people do not like being Tested and a Test is exactly what Temptations are.
However, if we would endeavor to look at Temptations as being an element that is good for Strengthening our Soul then, perhaps we will come up with a better result.
Where this Scripture says, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold” is very important in that; when we look at what it takes for gold to be brought to its Purest Form which; requires Extreme Heat for a long enough period of time that ALL the Impurities can be removed to where the Refiner will be able to see His Own Reflection in the Finished Product.
We read in Revelation 3:11-12, Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. *Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Before a Prince is Crowned King, he must go through a period of Education and Training which generally requires Trials “Testing” in order for the youth to learn how to order his life in the manner expected.
In order to Over-come, a Soul must go Through life all the way to the End to where this Mortal Soul will be Changed in to Immortality in the Likeness of Jesus.
To become a Pillar in the Temple of God requires honing the Stone “the Saints are Lively Stones” to where it will Perfectly Fit into where Jesus has Prepared a Place for that Soul.
The Saints, like Jesus receive a New Name and NO ONE knows what that name will be but God Himself.
In St. Matthew 26:41 we read, Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
The Saints are to Actively Looking for the Soon Return of Jesus and in so doing, they will be Continuously Walking on the Highway of Holiness. In so doing, they will be more likely to endure Temptations hopefully, without complaining.
Praise the Lord for that which He is about to do in the Life of the Saints, the Bride of Christ. Praise His Holy Name!
Derwood A. Stewart, Minister
House of Prayer Sabbath Ministries