CROWNS OF FAITH
PREPARE. RESTORE. CONQUER. 🏹
“Faith can move mountains.
So why are you stumbling on a little rock?”
Christians, "... we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities[WEAKNESSES]; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15👀
WEAKNESSES AND TEMPTATION
You won't succeed as a Christian if you don't learn to overcome temptation! In the parable of the sower, Jesus taught that some make a profession of faith and begin to show signs of growth, but trials, tribulation or worldly desires lead to death. (Luke 8:11-15) According to that parable, it is only those plants that endure and produce fruit that represent true believers. Because the enemy is strong and the lusts of the flesh are so powerful, you must learn to recognize and overcome temptation. If you don't, you are on the path that leads to death.
Proverbs 7 tells about a young man lacking sense, who succumbs to the loose woman’s enticement. His first mistake was that he passed near the corner where she lived (Prov. 7:8). As fate would have it, at that very moment, she happens to come out of her door--and her husband has gone on a long trip. And her many persuasions entice him; with her flattering lips she seduces him. Suddenly he follows her as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool, until an arrow pierces through his liver; as a bird hastens to the snare, so he does not know that it will cost him his life (7:21-23). Proverbs 7:26-27 states, “For many are the victims she has cast down, and numerous are all her slain. Her house is the way to Hell, descending to the chambers of death.”🎶💃
The Bible gives us a strategy for overcoming the deadly lure of temptation. To overcome temptation, recognize its source, its force, and its course. God tests or tries believers’ faith, but He does not tempt anyone into sin. TEMPTATION COMES FROM OUR OWN SINFUL DESIRES. James does not mention the devil as a source of temptation, although he will do so later. He wants us to see that to blame God or circumstances or the devil or others for my sin is to dodge the real source of it. To label it as a disease is to absolve myself from responsibility for it. There is no hope for overcoming it unless I acknowledge it comes from our own sinful desires. But, conversely, there is hope for victory when we begin to recognize and be on guard against the monster that resides within.
Lust means desire. Sometimes it refers to legitimate desires (Luke 22:15; Phil. 1:23; 1 Thess. 2:17), but usually it means sinful desire. Sometimes the same basic desire may be either legitimate or sinful, depending on the situation and how we handle it. For example, hunger is a legitimate desire, but if it tempts us to steal to satisfy our hunger, we sin. God created us with the desire for sex, but if we seek to fulfill that desire outside of the commitment of heterosexual marriage, we sin.
Also, we need to distinguish between the manner in which Jesus was tempted and the way we are tempted. Jesus did not have an innate desire toward sin, as we do. Thus for Jesus, temptation had to come from outside, not from within. He did not have to battle sinful thoughts, such as lust or greed or being jealous of others, as we do. All of these wrong desires come from our sinful hearts, which we inherited because of Adam’s sin.🌳
Some teach that salvation eradicates the old sinful nature. They base this on passages such as Romans 6:6, where Paul says, “our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.” Or, in 2 Corinthians 5:17, he says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Usually those who teach that the old nature is eradicated will admit that we still have to battle the flesh. All believers have within them powerful desires toward sin. To deny that these desires exist is not the way to overcome them. We must stop the thoughts that lead to sin before they cause us to sin, AMEN.