“GOD WILL TEST YOU FOR GOOD BUT NEVER TEMP YOU FOR EVIL.”
TODAY’S SCRIPTURES ARE FROM: JOHN 10:10, JAMES 1:13, 1 CORINTHIANS 10:13
Good Morning to all our brothers and sisters in Christ; readers, fellow-bloggers, and our many Disciples around the world, I am so excited this morning for the message God has given me to share with you. It is a powerful message about Satan’s temptation of Jesus.
Now let’s begin by understanding this one truth, and that is, God is a God of love, his love for all his children transcends all evil. When you experience temptation of any kind, know that it is not from God. However, Satan is always waiting in the wing, waiting to destroy you and all that God is providing for you. God wants you to live an abundant life, he wants to bless you, provide you with a life of love, joy and happiness, a life to be envied above all others.
Now, if you listen to Satan, and allow him to temp you to do evil things, things that are displeasing to God, Satan will take you straight to hell. Make no mistake about that. Listen to what John tells us that Satan will do, and how if you listen to Jesus, you will never experience temptation beyond that which you can bear, but instead he will provide you with and abundant life. This is how John describes the two situations. He says, “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy.” I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till itoverflows). (John 10:10 AMP). The choice is yours, who do you follow? Pause for a moment and watch this short video of how Satan worked to destroy Jesus and God’s Kingdom.
Now listen to what James tells us about this subject matter. He says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one.” (James 1:13 AMP).
We must obtain a correct view of God in order to persevere during times of trial specifically; we need to understand God’s view of our temptations. Trials and temptations always present us with choices. God wants us to make good choices, not evil ones.
Hardships can produce spiritual maturity and lead to eternal benefits if endured in faith. But tests
can also be failed. We can give in to temptation. And when we fail, we often use all kinds of excuses and reasons for our actions. The most dangerous of these is to say, “God is tempting me.” It is crucial for us to remember that God tests people for good; he does not tempt people for evil. Even during temptation we can see God’s sovereignty in permitting Satan to tempt us in order to refine our faith and help us grow in our dependence on Christ.
Instead of persevering, we may give in or give up in the face of trial. We might even rationalize that God is at fault for sending such a trying experience, and thus blame God for our failure. From the beginning it has been a natural human response to make excuses and blame others for sin. A person who makes excuses is trying to shift blame to something or someone else.
A Christian, on the other hand, accepts responsibility for his or her wrongs, confesses them, and asks God for forgiveness. Because God is never tempted to do wrong, he cannot be the author of temptation. James is arguing against the pagan view of the gods where good and evil coexisted. God does not wish evil on people; he does not cause evil; he does not try to trip people up, and he never tempts anyone.
At this point in our conversation I can image you asking me this question, Pastor Davis, “If God really loves us so much, why doesn’t he protect us from temptation?” My response to you would be simply this, “A God who kept us from temptation would be a God unwilling to allow us to grow.” In order for a test to be an effective tool for growth, it must be capable of being failed. God actually proves his love by protecting us in temptation instead of protecting us from temptation.
In Paul’s first letter to the Church in Corinth, Paul wrote these words, “For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 AMP).
Know that God is able, and you must learn to trust him without doubt of any sort in your heart, and when you are able to do this you will begin to see supernatural things happen in your life. In order to be purified and cleansed of all unholy and unrighteous things, you must go through something, leaning and depending on God. When you believe, you will achieve that which you are seeking. Know this for certain, and that is, “GOD WILL TEST YOU FOR GOOD BUT NEVER TEMP YOU FOR EVIL.” Now let us close out this message today by listening to the Mississippi Mass Choir as they sing, “God’s Mercy and Grace!”
TODAY’S ALTER CALL:
If you are a person studying this lesson with us today and have not received the saving grace of the Lord and would like to join the Lord’s family of BELIEVERS and receive ETERNAL LIFE, we simply ask you to,“BELIEVE!”
Now repeat this short prayer with me: “Lord I am a sinner, I have sinned against you, I BELIEVE that Jesus died for my sins, and on the third day you raised him from the grave and today He lives. I ask you to forgive me of my sins, and come into my heart and cleanse me of my sins. If you have prayed this prayer with me, you now are saved and have ETERNAL LIFE in glory.”
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Thank you my dear friends for coming in here today to worship for all of us. Now let us go out into the world and serve as we have been called to do. Be Encouraged as you walk into your Divine Destiny this week.
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