The following is short devotional thought I wrote for my church and was originally posted at clearview.org/prayingthrough.
There is a popular worship song that has this text:
teach my song to rise to You
when temptation comes my way
It almost suggest that temptation only comes our way on occasion…reality…temptations rise often.
When you are tempted, don’t you feel isolated?
…you’re the only one this is happening to.
…you’re the only one that is being tempted in that moment.
When I am tempted and I let the thought build, I feel isolated.
I have come to realize that the feeling of isolation is because I am shutting God out and letting something else in. Russell Moore, in his book Tempted and Tried says this: “temptation is, by definition, subtle and personality specific, with a strategy to enter as larvae and then emerge in the fullness of time as a destructive animal force.
In the book of James the same thought is stated this way: Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. (James 1:14-15)
Giving time and thought to temptations is like giving power to or energizing the temptation.
So how do we walk through and not give into temptation? Continue Reading…