WHAT TEMPTS YOU? – PART 1 OF 2
What tempts you?
Take a moment and think about it.
What tempts you?
If something tempts you, then you must have a desire for it because you can never be tempted by something you have no desire for.
Let’s look at this principle using the simple example of cheesecake.
If you have no desire for cheesecake you won’t be tempted by it.
Someone can leave you alone in a room with every conceivable type of cheesecake and tell you that you can not touch or taste any of them and that they will be back for you in an hour and it won’t bother you.
When they return they can even put a piece of cheesecake on a fork and hold it right up to your lips and tell you that you can not taste or eat it and it would be no challenge.
Because since you have no desire for cheesecake, you can not be tempted by it.
You can never be tempted by something you have no desire for.
However, on the flip-side, if you have a desire for cheesecake your experience will be quite different.
If you love cheesecake and someone leaves you in that same room full of every conceivable type of cheesecake and tells you that you can not touch or taste any of them and that they will be back for you in an hour it would not be as easy. You would be tempted by the cheesecake because your desire for it would entice and draw you to it.
If they return and put a piece of cheesecake on a fork and hold it right up to your lips and tell you not to taste or eat it, between the activation of your salivary glands and the magnetism of your taste buds silently screaming “Eat it! Eat it!”, this would more than likely be quite a challenge for you.
Because since you have desire for cheesecake, you can be tempted by it.
You can always be tempted by what you have desire for.
Speaking about temptation, James 1:13, 14 states:-
“Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one.
But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions).
According to the above scripture, God cannot be tempted by evil and He tempts no one with evil but a person is tempted when their own evil desire draws them way, entices them and baits them.
The Message Bible puts it this way:-
“Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust.”
(James 1:13, 14 – The Message Bible)
You can only be tempted by something you have a desire for.
So again, what tempts you?
Be honest with yourself……..what tempts you?
As you identify what tempts you, be aware of three important truths:-
1) No matter how dark, sinister, or taboo, whatever tempts you is a temptation to you because you have a desire for it.
2) The degree, level or strength of that temptation mirrors the degree, level or strength of your desire for that thing. In other words, strong temptation indicates strong desire, moderate temptation indicates moderate desire, little temptation indicates little desire.
3) Temptation is not a sin. It is only when you yield to temptation that you sin.
Hymn – “Yield Not to Temptation” – music and lyrics by Horatio R. Palmer (1868)
To be continued.
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