Temptation is define as test or trial in which truth is revealed. For example, trouble is a test of character. If you have run out of money you will find out who your true friends are; our trials come to make us and reveal the truth about our so call friends. No matter what Satan has set before us God is working all things out for our good. God will bring good out of evil, light out of darkness, life out of death, joy out of pain.
Whatever you are facing someone has been there before. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that “God is faithful” isn’t it good to know that he has promised never to leave us along because God is a deliver. No matter what you are facing God can bring you out. He knows just how much you can bear. He knows your ability, he knows your weakness. God knows you better than you know yourself.
The key to every temptation is having a made up mind to go through. It is never a sin to be tempted but it is a sin to yield to temptation. Temptation represents something in your life that must be overcome. God has allowed temptation that you may truly know the truth about yourself and your relationship with God. The way of escape is in the grace that God gives to overcome your trial. We can rejoice in the midst of our trials because God has given each of us power to bare the things we suffer. Not only power to bare temptation, but God gives power to overcome temptation. It’s good to know that we are kept by the power of God. If your mind is truly made up to go through God will keep you by his power.
The trial is a test of faith; true faith will trust God through manifold temptations, 1 Peter 1:6. The trying of your faith produces patience. The fruit of tribulation is patience. God can do a perfect work in our lives through the power of the virtue patience. “Let patience have perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing,” James 1:4. Patience is a trust in the love of God to take care of whatever touches one’s life. Knowing that it may not be clear what God is doing or even how God is going to work out a given situation. All I know is that I can trust his love, because his love will bring me safely through any trial.
Temptation has a way of revealing the inner make up of a person. What happens to a person during a trial is important; what happens on the inside of a person is of greater concern because the inside of a person determines how that person will respond during a crisis. We cannot control what happens around us but we can control what happens within us. “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a City,” Proverbs 16:32.
In Christian growth temptation is unavoidable. Temptation comes that we my truly commit ourselves to the will of God and enter into the righteousness of his guidance. Through the trial God is working within me power to overcome. Temptation will try the commitment to the call that God has placed upon one’s life. Matthew 4:1, Jesus is led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. This trial is to try our Lord’s commitment to the call that was placed upon his life by God the Father. It is important to note that Jesus is led by the power of the Spirit into the Desert. The same power that led Jesus would also enable him to overcome the temptations of the Devil. Jesus would rely completely upon the power of the Spirit of the Word of God in everything.
After fasting forty days in the wilderness, Jesus was very hungry. Satan would now tempt Jesus in his weakest hour, with the pain of hunger pressing down upon him; Satan would suggest the ideal of turning stones into bread. Jesus had been led into the wilderness to fast. Just has he had trusted the word of God to feed him spiritually; He would trust God to satisfy his physical need. Jesus would not seek to satisfy himself, he would seek the will of God above everything. Jesus would trust the word of God to lead him and not the passions or dictates of the flesh. “Man shall not live by bread along but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4.
Satan saw that Jesus was determine to follow the word of God no matter what; so, he would use a passage of scripture to try to draw Jesus into acting contrary to the will of God. “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at anytime thy dash thy foot against a stone” Matthew 4:6. Satan is trying to use the word of God to suit his own satanic purpose. This is why he misquoted the scripture. “For he shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways” Psalm 91:11. Satan was trying to get Jesus to go a different way, for he knew the way of Jesus to be the will of God. Jesus understood the devil’s plot as a way to tempt God into proving that he was the Son of God. Jesus would not consent to tempt God in any way.
The Devil would offer Jesus all of the Kingdoms of the world. Satan wanted Jesus to think that it was in his power to give him the world. If Jesus would commit himself over to the devil in worshiping him, Satan would give him the world. Jesus than commanded the devil to leave from his presence. Satan could not give Jesus the world, for Jesus is the creator of heaven and earth and the fullness thereof; it is not possible for Satan to give Jesus anything.
If we rely upon the word of God to lead us by the spirit of truth, we will discover power to overcome temptation. “Walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” Galatians 5:16. The Spirit fill life is a life that feeds upon the word of God with a desire to perform it. It is a hunger to be used by God for his glory. “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit” Romans 8:5. If we sat our thoughts upon Jesus he will keep us and carry us through all the trials we face.