The Destruction of Enticing Desires
“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed” James 1:14
Temptation is a common bond held by all people. That whispering call screaming out to your soul, luring you in. It’s that one thing that you hate, but love with everything in you. A weakness held in the hands of Satan disguised as something desirable. An inclination so strong sometimes irresistible.
In the Great Controversy Chapter 39 it says, “Satan finds in human hearts some point where he can gain a foothold; some sinful desire is cherished by means of which his temptations assert their power.”
All temptation is based on the few things we cherish more than our love for Christ. Satan makes us hate God with our actions because sin is appealing to our nature; in reality we love it. Paul gives us a personal example in his own life:
“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do that I do not practice; but what I hate that I do.” Romans 7:15
“But now, it is no longer I who do it but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice” Romans 7:17-19
Of ourselves we can do nothing. Only Jesus can remove temptation from us. In the Great Controversy Chapter 39 it states, “Not even by a thought could our Savior be brought to yield to the power of temptation…Satan could find nothing in the Son of God that would enable him to gain the victory. He had kept His Father’s commandments, and there was no sin in Him that Satan could use to his advantage. This is the condition in which those must be found who shall stand in the time of trouble.”
We are living in the last period of our times history; later on it that chapter it tells us, ” It is this life that we are to separate sin from us, through faith in atoning blood of Christ. Our precious Savior invites us to join ourselves to Him, to unite our weakness to His strength…”
“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecution, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9,10
It is not impossible to resist temptation; we have to surrender our desires, behavior, and will to Christ and have him change it for us. In our weakness He is strong. We have to pray that God will remove the sinful desires from our hearts and our behaviors will reflect that. We must come to a point where we would rather die than break the commandments of our Lord. In Philippians 4:13 God tells us we can do all things through him. Don’t be intimated by the ideas of perfection but keep your eyes on the Savior and you will transform into what you see. Christ makes the change all we have to do is ask for it.
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“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life” James 1:12
Posted on November 15, 2013, in Spiritual Life, Top Stories and tagged addiction, alluring, behavior, Bible, Christ, daily devotional, Devotional, devotional about temptation, Ellen G. White, enticing, God, inclination, Jesus, Lord, Satan, temptation, weakness. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.