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Saturday, 12 October 2013

What is temptation? Can we beat it?


A temptation is a thought or desire to do something wrong. No one can avoid the temptations come, but you do not have to submit to them. As the wise old adage: “You can not prevent birds from flying over your head but you can avoid making a nest in your head.” That is, you can not prevent the evil of human nature tells you and try things with their evil thoughts, but you can avoid submitting to it. We have several examples of temptation in the bible, it is indeed something that we are all subject. Eve was tempted in Eden. Several prophets have been tried (and won with some merit). Many people condemn themselves and feel bad because they thought or were tempted with sinful thoughts, but even Jesus was tempted in all things like us. (Hebrews 4:15, Matthew 4:1-10) It is no sin when evil will try to do something, sin is that you submit to temptation and achieve it! Learn one thing: the best way to resist temptation and get rid of negative thoughts is to read the Bible, pray and think of the Lord Jesus. Rather than think of the evil, we must have good thoughts, uplifting and encouraging! “Whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely and good, that’s what you should think!” (Phil. 4:8) Isaiah says, “keep him in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3) If you keep your mind on Jesus did not have time to think about the distractions lying Enemy! (The recipe is to overcome discouragement, too!)
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