Why Are We Tempted?
James 1:13, 14
Let no man say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”. . . But each one is tempted when he is drawn away (carried away) of his own lust and enticed (by his own desire).
Why is it so difficult for us to say no to temptation and “yes” to God? Is temptation so attractive and powerful that we make decisions based on our lusts? God does allow us to be tested but does not tempt us to sin or indulge in the desire. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “. . . God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability . . . he will provide the way of escape . . . to endure it.”
Why do we experience temptation? Temptations serve as a kind of test to prove the validity, depth, and strength of our faith. When the trials come, and they will, don’t be surprised, God has allowed it. The Apostle Paul wrote, “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Experiencing God’s sufficient grace is certainly something we don’t deserve. His power is perfected in our weakness, in our temptation and He gives us the strength to overcome sin’s pull and devastating control.
What sin is it that keeps holding you captive? Is it: pornography, adultery, gluttony, homosexuality, an addiction of any kind? Maybe it’s a very private sin, the one in your mind: pride, fear, bitterness, envy, anxiety, jealousy, or hatred. God will provide the way of escape–––that you may be able to endure the temptation. The Lord knows that the flesh lusts against the Spirit; they are contrary to one another. This means you cannot do the things you want to do unless you are led by the Spirit (Galatians 5:17,18). Believers are engaged in a conflict and their earnest desire is that grace may obtain the victory.
Lord, Your grace is enough.