Temptation

Better late then never on the blog for Bible Study this week, right?  A verse from chapter 4

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil”  Matthew 4:1

Temptation.  We are all confronted with it even Jesus.  Lysa Terkeurst writes in our study book that “And He was tempted in the same three ways Eve was tempted, only Jesus’ temptations were magnified a hundredfold.  Eve was in a lush garden with delicious food, an incredible companion, and all the comforts of paradise.  Jesus had been in a desert for 40 days where He went without food, companionship, or comfort of any sort.” But “Jesus withstood the temptations because instead of taking His eyes off of God, He intentionally focused on God and refuted each of Satan’s temptations by quoting God’s Word.”

It all comes back to God’s Word, doesn’t it?  Reading and knowing what pleases God.  It is a tricky business and sometimes hard to not be tainted by our own desires as we look for the answers in the situations that we encounter.

I struggled with this myself this week and needed to determine whether I had crossed a moral line and maybe even broken a commandment.   Thou shalt not covet.  Covet, to want or desire something that is not yours but another’s.    So I attempted to go through the five questions we have been using in this study and would get stumped at the very first question – Does it line up with scripture?  Ah the Word, written in black and white but what if life is gray? That’s when you have to really dive in to prayer and the Bible not just for the answer but for strength and wisdom. 

Those temptations will always be there that’s a guarantee but “no temptation has over taken you that is not common to man.  God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way to escape, that you may be able to endure it” 1 Corinthians 10:13

There will always be temptations. Nobody is alone in that.  But there is always a way out. And the one thing that I do know is that it pleases God to see us seeking him for the answers.

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