Ever heard anyone say, “God is tempting me?” Or “I was being tempted but I passed God’s test?” Yes? No?
Well, let me get this out:
"Temptation does not come from God. It is not God who tempts you."
Temptation Is Not God's Idea
Reading the book of Job, you see that testing Job was not God’s idea. God was not trying to prove Job’s character and loyalty with those tests. No! The Devil was trying to disprove it. I have been the victim of a few tests and fails myself and sometimes, you get to thinking, why would it be put in front of you if God who has control over everything didn’t want it to be? But you know what?
God Himself is never tempted to do wrong so how can He then tempt someone else? Well, He doesn’t.
He is never tempted to do wrong. James 1:13 affirms this and verse 14 explains that temptation is a result of the desires of your flesh and the enticements that easily entrap you and drag you away from God. You feed those enticements with the things that you let into your life, which is why the Bible advices you to guard and keep your hearts above all else and with all vigilance and diligence because it determines the course of your life or as ESV puts it “for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23). If you can guard your hearts and minds from things that pollute them and color your thoughts and desires, then you have begun to wage a successful war against temptation. Hebrews 12:1 teaches an easy way to do this. It says “let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.” I know! I know! That is not as easy as it sounds. Yes, it is not easy to stay away from all sin but if you set your mind to it and call on Jesus to help you, sure you can.
We All Get Tempted
As humans, we all have to fight the battle against our own flesh, against the world and its ways, against doing what is easy and pleasurable instead of what is good and right. It’s the very nature that led us to where we are today. It might help to know that you are not alone. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience (1 Corinthians 10:13). So, not only can you count on Jesus to help you, you can join hands with other believers so we can help each other out. Try the buddy system, try the accountability mechanisms, and let your fellowship with other believers help you in your walk with God and in your life.
God Helps Us Through Temptation
The God whom we believe and have faith in is truly mighty to save. He will deliver you. It is God who helps us with and through our temptations and trials. When you are tempted, God will not allow the temptation to be more than you can bear. He will show you the way so that you can endure. He will be faithful and stand with you till you come out rejoicing at the very end (1 Corinthians 10: 13). Know that God is there with you always and He will not allow you to be swallowed up by temptation but you have to let Him come through in your life.
We Have To Let God Help Us
So, God is there for you. Always. He will get you through temptation but you have to let Him. You have to call on Him through prayer asking Him into your life and seeking His help. Never forget that God gave us free will and He has always let us choose even when it hurts Him and us because we don’t choose His way. He will not just interfere your life because He wants us to make our own choices. But when you call on Him, He will show up! Understand the value of prayer and holding on to God and His word and using it in situations that may be impossible for you but never for Him. Call on Him when you need Him and He will help you.
MY FINAL NOTE TO YOU
So, be careful not to say, “God is tempting me” (James 1:13) but know this: “When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” (James 1: 3 & 4)
Written by Ese Ojo
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Brief Bio of Ese: I'm Ese. I live in Lagos, Nigeria and although I grew up Christian, it only got real when I came to know God for myself. I enjoy studying the Word of God and I hope to be used by him to reach others and tell of how he wants to connect with us all.