Monday, January 29, 2018
Truly, The Word is simple but complex. We have heard of The Holy Trinity. God in three forms. In the beginning of existence God was and is in Spirit, God sends His Spirit out to those who will receive it. As pointed out, Life started again 2000+ years ago. We have heard of Jesus, His Ministry. Truly, where was God during this time? He was here in the flesh. Complex? A part of Him was. I understand the complexity of this argument. Yes, Jesus was tempted and knowing The Word He had shared with Prophets, He quoted them to a “T.” We see that Satan sought to turn The Word around but Jesus answered stating that the second temptation He was not going to jump. Angels surround us, we are not to put God to the test, but faith It! Just as Jesus said and did. If HE was thrown off, it would be,a different case, but he waa asked to jump; testing the truth of Scripture he turned around for his benefit.
There was a multitude of Spitual beings. They exist around us, as believers, you have one assigned to you. This is stated in The Word. Live right and please The LORD, for ALL your deeds are known Romans 2:6-11. Again, a short stroll back to our much quoted book in The Bible – Job. Of all the people on the Earth, God knew the acts and heart of Job, and allowed Satan to try him. He held firmly to his faith and belief.
When we are faced with temptation, we can look at temptation in the Bible and learn from the examples of biblical characters. We can learn from those who responded incorrectly and those who found victory.
First, we will study those who did not respond well to temptation. The most famous of all is Eve when she was lured by Satan to eat the forbidden fruit. Genesis 3:6 says, “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” Because Eve yielded to temptation and shared the forbidden fruit with her husband, they were thrown out of the Garden of Eden and our struggle with sin began.
Women were a tempting lure to men such as King David. We read that he saw the bathing beauty, Bathsheba, and committed adultery. Then in an attempt to cover his sin, David connived to have Bathsheba’s husband killed (2 Samuel 11). David did not respond well to sexual temptation however, he was eventually convicted of his sin and did repent (see Psalm 51).
Samson was lured by the deceiving Delilah (Judges 16) and the deception led to his death.
Money has frequently been a temptation in the Bible. Notice the man, Achan in Joshua 7:21, “When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” Later, Achan was stoned for his sin.
Fortunately we have several examples of biblical characters who responded correctly to temptation in the Bible. There are examples of people who were not lured in by the temptation of money. Abraham refused to accept a reward for service to King Of Sodom after a battle in Genesis 14:22-24, “But Abram said to the king of Sodom, ‘I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, “I made Abram rich.” I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me – to Aner, Eshcol and Mamre. Let them have their share.”
The prophet Elisha refused payment when he performed a miraculous healing in 2 Kings 5:16: “The prophet answered, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing.’ And even though Naaman urged him, he refused.”
Peter also refused a bribe in Acts 8:20: “Peter answered: ‘May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!'”
The best and most important biblical character to study in response to temptation is Jesus Christ. Three of the four gospels talk about Jesus’ experiences with Satan in the desert. Luke 4:5-8 describes it this way: “The devil led him [Jesus] up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, ‘I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.’ Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.”‘”
Jesus became man and lived as a perfect example to us. Hebrews 2:18says, “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
We undergo constant temptations when we strive to live right. Many examples are above, we should focus on those who resisted Remember-
“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 Corinthians 10:13
This is a comfort in times of trial, there is a way. When tempted, pray! Ask God for guidance and strength Ephesians 3:14-19
This all was based on a quick read: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:2-18
God is Triune! In essence, a part of Him was here. When Jesus left, The Holy Spirit came. At all times, God is with us.
Believe around and be filled with The SPIRIT and see what in the physical is not there. We experience God as He presents Himself. Faith is an awesome gift, we see and believe thongs that are not yet in the physical. Here, a tiny thread to Daniels prayer, as soon as it left his lips, an answer was sent. Yes, there was a hold up of his answer in the Spiritual. This is why we must pray ceaselessly. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
This Leads us into the discussion, just what is prayer? We can and will spend a while on this. So get ready, Amen