Have you ever felt that your personal struggle, temptation, or challenge is especially burdensome? Perhaps you feel your thorn in the flesh is unmentionable. You might consider it more shameful, embarrassing, or onerous than the burdens that others bear. You keep it to yourself, instead of letting other saints help you with it.
Or maybe it weighs upon you so much that you speak of it incessantly. It follows you constantly, like a thick cloud of oppression. It keeps you from experiencing the full joy of God’s presence.
Did you ever ask God why you struggle with this thing instead of something else? Would you swap your burden with someone else’s? Do you wish you didn’t have to deal with this particular difficulty? You’re not alone. Continue reading
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12)
Endure temptation, reveal your faith, continue in your love for the Lord and get a crown.
Is this a maybe? Is this a probably? No, it’s an open guarantee!
The crown of victory is a crown of promise. And in case you haven’t noticed, God has a tendency to keep his word. Keeping the faith is our answer.
Keeping ourself from temptation is wise. Overcoming temptation is vital. Temptation is a trial that requires strength, perseverance and a willingness to undergo something unpleasant to the soul. Concerning the unpleasantness, the body may contradict the desire of the soul, but that is what makes it a challenge. This is why the humanity – and priesthood – of Jesus is so encouraging (Hebrews 4:15-16). Wisdom looks for God’s help.
A victory crown for a victorious people from a Lord who gained our victory (1 Corinthians 15:57). That’s a promising thought … and so is the eternal crown that will be experienced in Heaven by overcoming the short-lived temptation on Earth.
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV)
Sin entered the world when the Devil tempted Eve, and she gave in to it! The Devil questioned God’s Word: “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1 NKJV). The Devil contradicted and denied God’s Word: “You will not surely die” (Genesis 3:4 NKJV). The Devil promised humans could know everything God knows: “your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5 NKJV). The Devil has not changed His tactic. Jesus has said His Gospel preached to every creature promises: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). The Devil asks: Has God really commanded water baptism? The Devil says: You can be saved if you’re not baptized. The Devil says: You will know you’re saved as if God has told you. Conquer sin, obey God.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13).
“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41).
“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:13-15).
“No temptation has overtaken except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12).
We can be assured that the devil is at work and he tempts everyone. Even Jesus was tempted as stated in Matthew 4:1-11. But how thankful we should be that with God’s help we can resist temptation as stated in the above verses. And when we do yield to temptation, that we can be forgiven because of God’s love and the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross.
The words of a song are encouraging as it states, “Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin; each victory will help you, some other to win; …dark passions subdue. Look ever to Jesus: He’ll carry you through.”
Last Sunday night, a young non-Christian man asked me why a couple was suffering so much, going through many struggles, now that they were Christians.
If he was satisfied with the answer or not is uncertain. But what is certain is this: the closer we get to the truth, the more the Evil One, the father of lies, will assail us. Continue reading
Temptation is a door that leads to Hell, but for the destination to be reached one must open the door and walk through it.
Now, we don’t have to open the above-mentioned door, but that doesn’t mean temptation won’t present itself over and over with a knock from the other side. And depending upon personal circumstances and weaknesses, ignoring the knock isn’t always that easy.
So how can we avoid what’s waiting on the other side? What can we do to make sure the temptation doesn’t make its way into our heart? How can we make the hinges sit still?
One could give several useful answers from the scriptures, but there’s one in particular that’s a guaranteed way to avoid opening that door any time we hear the knock… Continue reading
My Lady and I were in a mall on Tuesday, April 1st. As we walked along there was a man with a little boy who seemed about three years of age.
The father said to him, “Do you want to go home and stay with Mommy and Daddy?” The little boy said, “Yes!” The father then told his son, “You must stay close to Mommy and Daddy because there might be someone else who would want to take you home with them.” Continue reading