Temptation – 2
Luke 11 v 4 “And lead us not into temptation.”
I have faced and seen many temptations in my life. They generally fall into the following categories:
- The temptation of not having.
Temptation will come in the area of your lack, what you need or think you need, in the place of emptiness. It strikes at what you previously held as a personal belief or value for your life.
“Did God really say? Maybe not!” “Why not? Maybe God understands.”
Temptation comes to emphasise your restricted life. It will highlight freedom as being the most important thing and cause you to forget that you are already free. The temptation of lack occurs in marriages, finances, work places/positions, in every place of society, in churches, in poor and rich nations.
- The temptation of being secretive.
Temptation will try and fool you into thinking you can manage the consequence of sin. It will blind you to the effect on the people you influence.
- The temptation of needing to be needed.
There is a temptation that tries to move the person from the place of adding value to focusing on feeling valued.
The craving to feel value can hinder a person from being valuable. We are most valuable when we get to the place where we do not need appreciation from people.
The craving to feel valued is one of the most common reasons people make bad decisions, “I’m leaving. I just don’t feel valued anymore.”
The craving to be valued causes people to assume they are most valuable when they are most valued.
- The temptation of needing answers for your suffering.
God did this to me, Satan did this to me, maybe I did something wrong that brought this suffering?
Sometimes, stuff just happens and there is no one to blame.
But temptation draws you away from the treasures that can be found in suffering. It slows up the process of all things working together for good.
However, when temptation strikes these reasons don’t seem to have loud voices.
May we all strengthen our lives with these lessons so that when temptation strikes we do not fall.