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Faith Filled Friday: When Temptation Becomes Sin

December 4, 2021

by Connie Terpack December 3, 2021

Matthew 26:41-42 – Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may no pass away from me except I drink it, they will be done.

Luke 22:40-42 – And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast and keeled down and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

The verses in Luke almost sound as though Jesus was feeling tempted to not go through with the crucifixion. He spent 40 days in the desert being tempted by Satan, but that was probably easier than knowing he was going to have a temporary separation from God (Matthew 27:46).

God knows Satan will tempt us. Being tempted is not sin. Look again at the words in Matthew: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. The word enter is like when you walk through a door. Standing outside the door is not sinful. You can say ‘No’ and quote a Bible verse to Satan and he will flee from you. It becomes sin when you give in, like entering through a doorway, by yielding to the temptation.

Suppose you were looking at a pretty bracelet to give your girlfriend and decided to slip it into your pocket while the clerk was distracted. Looking at the bracelet was not sinful. Thinking about stealing it was not sinful. You sinned as soon as you picked it up and put it in your pocket.

When you lie to someone you are committing a sin. If you think about lying, but change your mind and tell them the truth, that is not sinful.

Satan loves to tempt us. He wants us to follow him and join him in hell. How many times a day we are tempted is anyone’s guess. Some temptations are easy to resist, but I often give into the temptation to not read my Bible or pray.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you… James 4:7-8a. You might want to read James 4:7-10.

Think on how you are tempted. Which ones are easy to resist and which ones do you give into?

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17

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