What Is Temptation?
Temptation can be defined as a longing [lust, passion, eagerness] to engage in activity that is contrary to what is deemed correct, moral, and right.
Temptation is a desire for what is forbidden; it is an enticement to sin; and a test of your fidelity, integrity, virtue, constancy. [ref. Bible Hub)
Temptation to sin always come wrapped in attractive packaging; it promises great pleasure, even if it is just for a moment. Temptation always claim to satisfy a legitimate desire or need.
A temptation never warns of the consequences, but seductively whispers for you to take it. It justifies why you should indulge; and exaggerates its best attribute, despite its many devastating side-effects.
Sin’s temptation wears enticement that is tailor-made just for you, and it tries to blind your vision of the way to escape. It also immerses itself in your thoughts until it appears irresistible.
Temptation beckoning may be subtle or bold, and it persistently tries to arouse your interest and provokes you until you either yield and sin, or adamantly reject it.
Everyone Is Tempted
While everyone is tempted to sin, there are some believers that yearn for, purposely plan for, and willingly yield to temptation. They enjoy flirting with temptation and see nothing wrong with indulging in what they call – a “little sin”, now and then.
Unfortunately, these believers turn a deaf ear to scripture that warns; walk blindly in disobedience; and speak disrespectfully to the Holy Spirit, grieving him.
If you yield to temptation, you persuade yourself that it is RIGHT to do WRONG.
The Results Of Yielding To Temptation
Temptation is not sin, and being tempted is not sinful, but yielding to temptation IS sin.
This is what the bible states about persons who willingly indulge in, and enjoy sin:
- If you wickedly sin against God, you can become bound by the cords of your sin.
- You may eventually die in your sins because you are trapped by your own desires and refuse to change.
- Your sinful practices can lead you astray. [Ref. Prov 5:22 – 23]
- The end result of sinning will result in death – either physical or spiritual, or both. [Ref. James 1:14-15]
Take A Stand, Do Not Compromise
While some believers may argue that they are at liberty to do as they wish, let’s not forget that true liberty is living as we should (in obedience to God), and not as we please.
I therefore encourage you . . . to stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage ~ Gal. 5:1.
I read that it is easier to stand firm when you have STOOD firm. If you compromise at the beginning it will be easier to continue in compromise.
Sin frequently starts off with a small and “harmless” choice, so . . . do not err, my beloved brethren ~ James 1:16;
Believers, remember this:
the only temptations that you have are the same temptations that all people have. But you can trust God, he will not let you be tempted beyond your power to resist, but with the temptation, he will also make a way to escape [a way out] so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and overcoming the temptation with joy] ~ 1 Cor. 10:13.
These are a few quotes about temptation.
- The best way to respond to wrong is to do what is right.
- To master temptation, let Christ master you.
- The best way to escape temptation is to run to God.