Tempted?

Be careful little eyes what you see
It’s the second glance that ties your hands
As darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow
It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white are turned to gray
And thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade
Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattering leads to compromises, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises leave broken hearts astray
The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you’re thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking
It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white are turned to gray
And thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day
Oh, be careful little eyes what you see
Oh, be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh, be careful little eyes what you see
“Slow Fade” written by John Mark Hall, Casting Crowns,
Contemporary Christian Rock Band

Pretty much through history Satan has and does tempt us like he did Adam and Eve.  The same way he tempted Jesus.  There are three key points of temptation.  1. The lust of the flesh.  2. The lust of the eyes.  3. The pride of life.  “For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world.”  1 John 2:16

 

Temptation is luring us into pleasure like a piece of chocolate cake.  It’s appealing to the eye and the taste buds and then we have a lack of self-control and give in to it, only to find it isn’t so appealing to the waist line.

 

 

 

Temptation is attractive like a beautiful woman or handsome man.  It’s appealing to our lusts of the flesh.  And we all know where that can lead us.  Temptation presents itself as beautiful and inviting, but behind the mask it’s dangerous and deadly.

 

Satan’s agenda is to get our eyes off God, so he can devour us.  We need to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”  1 Peter 5:8

 

Being tempted itself isn’t the sin, it’s the yielding to it that is.  Don’t be tempted to do the things you will regret.  When you see a temptation, run, don’t walk away.  In other words, get yourself the best pair of Adidas money can buy!

“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 (NIV)

Jesus was in the wilderness 40 days and nights.  He must have been hungry.   Satan of course knows Jesus is the Son of God, and, he also knows that Jesus can do anything like changing a stone into bread.

But Jesus won’t allow himself to be tempted by Satan and comes back with the word of God saying “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  Matthew 4:4

So seeing as Jesus didn’t bite that temptation, Satan took Jesus to a very high temple and said why don’t you jump.

God will save you with His angles who will catch you lest you hit your foot on a stone.  Once again Jesus wasn’t falling for it and said “It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”  Matthew 4:7

Well Satan just wasn’t giving up that easy, because that’s what he does.  He keeps after you and after you until you belong to him.  Lastly Satan took Jesus up to a very high mountain so he could show Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  Saying that he would give them all to Him if He would only bow down to him and serve him.

For Jesus this was the last straw and one more word from God was spoken and Jesus said “Away with you, Satan!  For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.”  Matthew 4:10

And with that Satan left Jesus, hungry, tired and alone where the angels came and attended to Him.

We must be like Jesus when Satan comes knocking on our door.  We need the word of God to resist him.  Don’t do what Faust did and sell your soul to the devil.  When we remain steadfast to our heavenly Father, like Jesus, and resist the devil, he will flee from us.  “But He gives more grace.  Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  James 4:17   With God’s grace we can remain strong in spite of the pressures of the world.

As long as you live you will be tempted.   Ephesians 2:2 refers to the devil as “the ruler of the kingdom of the air”, and says he works in the hearts of the disobedient. His main aim is to steal, kill, and destroy us.  John 10:10 calls him a “thief.”  “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy.”

Jesus was tempted as we are, but He proved that He could not and would not sin.  Not because He was God, but as a man, showing us that we can be strong towards being tempted as well.  Hebrews 4:15  “…but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin”.  He didn’t yield or give in to the temptations that can ruin one’s life.

Whatever we’ve got going on, our joys, our sorrows, and yes, dare I say our temptations…we have a listener in Jesus.  We can go to Him anytime, anywhere to express our hearts desires.  And in the case of a temptation, that we know in our guts, that we need to avoid…lean on Him for that strength to say “NO”.

When you are part of the family of God you will be taken care of.  Ask Him into your heart.  “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.  He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.  Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him.”  Psalm 37:3-7a