No Intimidation

...could I, just, um, maybe?

Wow... those look tempting

Sometimes being tempted makes us feel dirty, unworthy or defiled. Those crazy spontaneous thoughts of hatred, lust, envy or pride, can shock us and overwhelm our sense of personal accountability. Like being on a diet can make you hate to see cupcakes with that awesome fluffy frosting. We may not have committed any sin; but when tempted, we can feel like we have already failed, because of the thoughts in our minds. Satan loves to pull us in, to intimidate us with shame and false guilt!

Not every thought is ours:

We must choose not to empower our thought life. Don’t own every thought that comes into your mind! We sometimes react with thoughts like, “I didn’t know that was in there.” But we have to ask the question… “was it really in there, or did it come from outside?”

Our Thoughts:

Most of the time our thoughts are not coming out of a dirty soul that needs to repent of its filth. Temptations are often fleeting images stirred by our natural emotions. They gain entrance through the gates and doorways of our physical house; our eyes, ears, tongues, noses or sense of touch. The five senses of our human body are wonderful sources of information, but must be guarded with spiritual discernment. Satan aims to lead us into temptation so that we desire sinful behaviors.

Temptation is not sin!

Although thoughts and images can effect our desires, they must have a conception process to actually create a platform for sin (Jms 1:14). The Bible says that Jesus was tempted in the same ways we are, yet was without sin. James makes it clear that temptations must have an enticing element in them to drag us away into sin. An important lesson for our discipleship is the realization that temptation is not sin; therefore, we must not be intimidated by it. Satan may tempt us by putting evil thoughts into our mind, but we can push them right out again with God’s help. I have always enjoyed this quote attributed to Martin Luther: “You can’t help it if a bird flies over your head, but you don’t need to let him make a nest in your hair.”

Focus Your Faith:

Hebrews 12:1-2
“…Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”

Jesus is the ultimate model for every Christian; yet for His life to be released within us, God urges us to fix your eyes upon Him as the “Author and Finisher of our faith”. Heaven invites you to set the lens of your heart on the real character of the Savior. Make Him the object of your delight. When we do this strength arises and temptations are melted away. The Apostle Paul tells us to war in the spirit not in the flesh arenas of life. (2 Cor 10:3-6)(Eph 6:10-12)

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