Summary: Our temptations will never compromise our relationship with God, but will bring to the surface God's amazing grace for us in times of need. With every temptation comes a stream of God's amazing grace flowing in our direction.
Everyone lives with the basic assumption that they will never be tempted. Even if they are, they won’t yield.
“It won’t happen to me,” the arrogant boast.
And yet, it always does.
Nobody starts out intending to be an alcoholic or a drug addict. And, nobody can become an alcoholic without taking that first drink.
“One drink won’t hurt you,” the tempter says. And of course, he is right, if it ended with that one drink.
The young man or woman who takes that first drink at some party because everybody else is doing it always says, “I will not become an alcoholic.”
20 years later, it is a different story, a life wasted
Most people, even Christians, don’t understand the significance of temptation. To expect a life without temptation is the most extreme naivety possible.
Temptation brings out the real you.
You are what you are today because of the temptations you have faced. You either failed or succeeded.
Some have suggested that we learn more from our failures than our successes. That is a possibility, but if you keep making the same mistakes over and over again something is wrong somewhere.
There is a common denominator to every temptation.
First, there is the allurement factor. Something on the inside of me is attracted to something on the outside. This is where the temptation aspect begins. Something on the outside is alluring me in a certain direction.
To add the spiritual spin here, it usually is leading us away from Christ and the things of God.
Second, is the consequence factor. Every temptation, no matter how big or small, has a consequence attached to it if yielded. For the most part, when we are being tempted we don’t give much regard to the consequence. The temptation is far too tempting for us to think through what happens if we yield to that temptation.
Most of the time the allurement factor overshadows the consequence factor but the consequence is always there. A moment of fun can produce a lifetime of consequences.
The questions that are never asked is, “Is it worth it?” “Was it worth it?”
Let’s look at temptation from a positive side. Our temptations will never compromise our relationship with God, but will bring to the surface God’s amazing grace for us in times of need.
With every temptation comes a stream of God’s grace flowing in our direction.
“There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
The apostle James sheds some light on this matter of temptation.
“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:12-14).