James 1:1-8 – “James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings. 2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” NASU
1 Corinthians 10:13 – “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” NASU
As believers we have some clear promises in Scripture that we can expect to be realities in our lives:
- GUIDANCE – – The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth.
- INSTRUCTION – – The Holy Spirit will Teach and we have All Scripture.
- PROVISION – – But my God shall supply all your need.
- COMFORT – – He will never leave you nor forsake you.
- DEFENSE – – The battle is not yours it is the Lord’s. We know not how to pray as we ought but God….
The Word of God firmly and emphatically declares that it is due to a lack of knowledge that people are defeated and destroyed. We have the promise that IF we walk in the light as He is in the light we can ask what we will. The motive and the request are to be wholesome and pure. If we ASK anything according to His will IT IS DONE!
Therefore, it is of significant importance to know:
- The Will of God.
- The Principles by which He Works.
- What God is trying to do in and through us.
That is a colossal undertaking and not one to be considered lightly or frivolously. One principle which affects us greatly in our walk and warfare spiritually and upon which much of our success hinges is – God’s Tool of Temptation! I do not want you to think I’m saying that ‘God tempts’ for that would violate scripture but He uses temptation for our good. There is a Principle that I like to call ‘The Wilderness Principle’ that could be beneficial in our consideration of this matter. It is important to be aware of:
- Temptation’s Purpose.
- How to Receive God’s Promises.
- How to Stand Steadfast when Facing the Problem.
- How to Enter Into God’s Provisions.
Realizing the need for brevity I am going to press the pause button here and pick this up again next post. I truly hope that your appetite for considering the work and effect of temptation is whetted. May God be with you as you go through this day! BLESSINGS!