Why Do We Have Temptations?

From Adam and Eve onward, people have been tempted and most have yielded to them. Let us examine the scope of temptation.

Matt. 6:13 Our Father in Heaven…And don’t let us yield to temptation,
                    but rescue us from the evil one.

Source of Temptation

4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!  5 “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

Jesus tempted by Satan with food, will not die if jump from temple, give him all the kingdoms and rule. In each case Jesus refuted by the Word: not by bread alone, not put God to the test and worship God alone by faith proven by obedience.

James 1:2  ¶ Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
James 1:3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

How long? Ask Noah, Abraham, Israel, Moses?

James 1:4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

It’s easy to do it once or twice. What we need is to be able to do it all the time.

James 1:5  ¶ If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

Why to we need wisdom? Besides what proverbs says, wisdom explains temptations and our choices.

Here is a proverb worthy of being a proverb:
 
James 1:6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith  [trust and loyalty] is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.

James 1:7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
James 1:8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

For the first time in Greek literature, it is not a hypocrite that is meant, but a fickle, “wavering” man, as the context shows. It is opposed to the single eye.

People keep some of the Word and some of the world or Satan: double minded.

James 4:7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:9 Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.

Matt. 6:22 ¶ “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.
Matt. 6:23 “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

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