RESISTING¤º°¨ *¨°º¤ TEMPTATIONS
TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION, RECOGNIZE ITS SOURCE ~ 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 hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. ~ James 1:13-15.
James nails that fallacious and sinful line of blame shifting. He says, “God cannot be tempted by evil.” It is impossible because of His holy nature. “God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all” (1John 1:5). “Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, and You cannot look on wickedness with favor” (Hab. 1:13a).
Since God cannot be tempted by evil, it follows that “He Himself does not tempt anyone” (James 1:13b). If we want to overcome temptation, we must at the outset put out of our minds all shifting of blame, especially, blaming God. Then where does temptation come from??? Temptation comes from our own sinful desires.
To overcome temptation, it is important to realize that although the initial thought to sin stems from my sinful flesh, it is not sin unless I pursued!
Stop those sinful thoughts Immediately DO NOT entertain sinful thoughts BANISH THESE THOUGHTS THE MINUTE THEY POP UP. If we make it our habit to take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2nd Corinthians 10:5), we will not sin in thought or deed. ~ RESIST THE DEVIL *USE WISDOM *YIELD NOT TO TEMPTATION FOR YIELDING LEADS TO SIN!
—- by Neecee Rodgers —- February 18, 2011
(momma) Joy shares w/ permission granted