Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dont give Satan a foothold (Temptation)...

So many feel hopeless because they sin and they cannot control it so they believe that they are doomed. This maybe because the Bible tells us that we keep in sinning and not repenting that we are not of Christ.
Strong words indeed! Yes we all sin, its impossible that some of us don't.

Sin gets so much and starts controlling people to such an extent that they become hopeless and they feel that they will never be good enough for God standards.

What may ease the burden, though, is that the thing that many people believe is also sin is Temptation. Temptation means that you are being "enticed" to do something, whether it may be good or bad.

So whats the difference of sin and temptation.
Temptation - Its a thought that is put into our minds where we are enticed to do or believe in something.
Sin - Doing something that God doesn't want us to do.

So really, Temptation is in your mind and thoughts and sin is DOING something.
The devil puts thoughts in our minds all the time. This meaning that He tempts us with things that are not of God because He wants us to turn away from God by doing wrong.
He convinces us that the whatever He has put in your mind is OK because God isn't looking or its only small.
Sometimes temptation is so strong that you don't feel strong enough to kick it out of your head. Sin is of the flesh.
Ephesians 2:3 - All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

You may ask, "well how can I not sin". Well, you cant! We are all of the flesh on this earth and we cannot stop sinning. BUT, this is why Jesus came and died upon the cross - to save us from our sins.
You may also ask, "well if you become a Christian, you leave the old self and get a new self". The word 'Self' here does not refer to flesh, it refers to mind. We will always be of the flesh and be tempted and sin. The new self means that you don't want to sin anymore and you ask for repentance daily whereas the old self showed that you loved sin, you did it without thinking about the consequences or consulting on God.

Jesus was tempted,all the time. The difference is that He didn't sin. The thought that was put into His mind by satan did not become an action and therefore did not become a sin.

No-one said that being a Christian was easy. It is certainly a struggle and the devil knows this. He also knows the flesh in sinful and He acts on this.
But you know what, God is stronger. Jesus Christ died for our sins and this means that they no longer have a hold on us.
Let the devil tempt us. Let Him put little thoughts in your mind. But its your choice what to do with that, and this choice dictates whether you allow the devil to get a little foothold in your life.

If you struggle from temptation, that's good. It means that the devil sees you as a threat because you are turning your back against him and he will try anything to get you to sin.

1 Peter 5:8-11 - Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does. (The Message)

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