Temptations Test Our Faith

James 1:3 says that when our faith is tested it will produce patience. Falling for a temptation reveals several things. One is that we did not take God at His word. Every temptation is set up by the enemy. We need to be very clear about this truth. James 1:13 says, “…God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.”

Every temptation to sin tests what we believe about God. Will we believe what God has said in His word and stand in it? Psalm 119:1 says, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord!” Undefiled is best described as heart integrity.

Romans 10:9 says that we believe with our heart. One with wholeheartedness clings to God’s word when tempted. They cannot be drawn aside. Knowing God’s word, and hiding it in our heart gives us barnacle faith.

Daniel 11:32 says, “…the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” 1 John 2:14 expressed where the strength came from. It says, “…I have written to you young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.”

Here is an example of one who did not know God. It applies to every human being ~ regardless of gender. Daniel 5 was the most unusual scene. King Belshazzar was using holy vessels that his father had taken from God’s temple. Verse 4 says that they were drinking wine and praising false gods.

All at once there were the fingers of a man’s hand writing on the wall. It shook them all up. The queen told Belshazzar about Daniel. Before Daniel gave the king the interpretation, he rebuked him with these words in verse 23. “…the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified.”

That is the same indictment that Paul wrote in Romans 1:21. It says, “Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

When we fall for satan’s temptation, we sin against God. Romans 3:23 says that we all fall short of the glory of God. Sin misses the mark. That is exactly satan’s plan when he sets up a temptation. He lures us with the expectation that we will fall. God, on the other hand, has made provision for us to stand in our position of grace that He gave us at salvation.

Romans 5:2 says, “Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 8:18 is a promise.  It says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

We joyfully endure because of what is set before us. Resisting a temptation will cause our flesh to suffer. It hates to be denied the sinful pleasure of the moment. James 1:1-4 and Romans 5:3-4 says that it is necessary for us to go through the crucible of suffering in order for our faith to be purified and strengthened. Patience, endurance, fortitude, and steadfastness are fruits of the one who goes through the test to the other side ~ freedom through standing in truth and grace.

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