Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Temptations vs. Trials

I hope to help make a distinction between a temptation and a trials. Trials come from God or are allowed by God to bring us closer to Him, but temptations do not come from God and are to be overcome.
Temptations are:
1– Inevitable -
"Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come." -Luke 17:1
2– Not from God
"When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone"-James 1:13
3– Individual’s responsibility
"but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed." -James 1:14
4 – Being tempted isn’t sinful, entertaining it is.
"he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan." - Mark 1:13
We can also know that:
  • Our temptations are not unique - 1 Cor 10:13
  • God knows my limits. He is not unaware of the situation. - 1 Cor 10:14