Temptation

 

Tempt: From, The American Heritage® Dictionary

  1. To try to get (someone) to do wrong, especially by a promise of reward.
  2. To be inviting or attractive to: Having strong appeal; enticing: a tempting repast.
  3. Something that leads one into a place or situation from which escape is difficult.
  4. To beguile or draw into a wrong or foolish course of action:

Synonyms:

*   Lure, allure, glamour, charm, enchantment, fascination, witchery, charisma, come-on, seduction, bait, snare, trap, lead astray.

Additional Bible meanings:

*   Trials, testing, adversity.

 

(Luke 4:1-13 NIV)  Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, {2} where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. {3} The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread." {4} Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone.'" {5} The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. {6} And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. {7} So if you worship me, it will all be yours." {8} Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'" {9} The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here. {10} For it is written: "'He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; {11} they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'" {12} Jesus answered, "It says: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" {13} When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

 

The devil works with what we give him!

*   (James 1:13-15 NIV)  When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; {14} but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. {15} Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (Evil desires may differ from person to person, but they all follow this pattern.)

*   (1 Tim 6:9-11 NIV)  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. {10} For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (It says here that “Some people” not all people eager for money have wandered from the faith.) {11} But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. (Money can buy a lot, but the truly important things cannot be bought.)

 

*   (1 Cor 7:4-5 NIV)  The wife's body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. {5} Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (Sex is a powerful motivator and a powerful temptation)

*   (Gal 6:1 NIV)  Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. (What a shame when the rescuer needs to be rescued.)

*   (1 Th 3:4-5 NIV)  In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. {5} For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless. (Fear can tempt us to sin)

*   (Heb 4:15-16 NIV)  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. {16} Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Jesus is not unaware of the problems we have with temptation)

*   It is better to avoid temptation than to be tempted and then try to escape.

*    Remember what I mentioned before,The devil works with what we give him!

*   Experience shows us where our weaknesses are. Knowing our weakness is like knowing our enemy. We need a plan for victory.

*   Sex, drugs, alcohol, fame, fortune, recognition, pride, gossip, coveting and the list can go on and on.

*   (1 Cor 10:13 NIV)  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. (Here is a promise we need to believe in and seek the way of escape provided.)

*   (Mat 6:9-13 NIV)  "This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, {10} your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. {11} Give us today our daily bread. {12} Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. {13} And lead us not into temptation, (Remember, God doesn’t tempt anyone. So the meaning is to lead us away from temptation!) but deliver us from the evil one.'

 

Temptation is common to all men. The devil is always vigilant to ensnare whom he can. We must be ever diligent to avoid temptation. It is not what disgusts us that is most dangerous but what appeals to us. The adversary, the devil, is clever and always alert for an opportune time to entrap us with our own desires. We too then must be always alert. Our number one desire must be to please God and trust in Him alone.