The Meaning of Temptation

Be reminded that sin is not something mysterious…something unexplainable…something unknowable.  Sin is not just something that happens to you.  Sin is explainable.  Sin has a purpose.  Sin is the father-of-lies’ solutions to escape the heartache his painful beliefs of abandonment, condemnation, rejection, and shame cause in your heart. 

Know that the father-of-lies is constantly tempting you to adopt his solutions of distraction and destruction to ease your heartache.  The father-of-lies is continually enticing you to do what is wrong.  The father-of-lies is incessantly luring you into harmful habits and patterns that point you away from God’s solutions.

BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT ENDURETH TEMPTATION: FOR WHEN HE IS TRIED, HE SHALL RECEIVE THE CROWN OF LIFE, WHICH THE LORD HATH PROMISED TO THEM THAT LOVE HIM
(James 1:12).

I bless you to stand firm when the father-of-lies invites you to adopt his sinful solutions for your heartache.  Understand that his answers to your heartache cause harm…ruin…loss, because his solutions are counterfeit.  In fact, his sinful solutions are only enticements to keep you away from experiencing God’s saving solutions of Life.

NO TEMPTATION HAS SEIZED YOU EXCEPT WHAT IS COMMON TO MAN. 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 STAND UP UNDER IT
(1 Corinthians 10:13).

Capture that the temptations from the enemy are explainable.  Celebrate that the enticements of the father-of-lies are surmountable.  Be encouraged that the allurements of the evil one are endurable. Realize that Jesus stands ready with the real solution to your heartache of abandonment, condemnation, rejection, and shame…if you would only turn to Him for the answer.  He will redeem you from the grip of the terrible and bless you with the crown of His Life.

I WILL DELIVER YOU FROM THE HAND OF THE WICKED, AND I WILL REDEEM YOU FROM THE GRIP OF THE TERRIBLE
(Jeremiah 15:21).

How do YOU deal with temptations—when the father-of-lies lures you to adopt his sinful solutions of distraction and destruction to ease your heartache of abandonment, shame, rejection, and condemnation?

What would it take for you to turn to the Lord Jesus, so He may redeem you from the grip of the terrible and show you His solutions of Life?

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, bring me to the place where I will endure temptation and wait for Your solutions, instead of following the father-of-lies into his solutions of distraction and destruction.

Maintain an Awareness

Truth is not something logical we can produce from our own minds; instead, Truth is the supernatural reasoning of the Holy Spirit in our minds.

The Two Counsels

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