Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:36 AM

Resisting Temptation

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:36 AM
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:36 AM

How long were Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden before they decided to taste the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge? Were they there 24 hours or 24 years? Did the idea to eat of the forbidden fruit only start with Satan or had Satan seen them considering and talking about the fruit. My guess is that Satan only approached them at a time when he thought he would be successful.

This story in the Bible tells us that one cannot even enter into a discussion with Satan.  Now we do not see Satan face to face, but we do find ourselves negotiating with ourselves for our desires…this is the conversation with Satan. We must resist and that resistance would naturally have to be immediately, because we are not as powerful as Satan. In James we are told: James4.7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. [1]

The way to escape is knowing that our ability is wrapped in our relationship with God.  1Cor10.13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Our ability to resist temptation is also related to our prayer life. Luke22.46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

[1] The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Jas 4:7–8). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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