Trials and Temptations

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.” James 1:12-18

Oh how we all battle temptations and trials. So often we are just like Eve in the garden of eden. God said do not eat that fruit but then Eve takes the fruit regardless. So both Adam and Eve sin. We follow the same cycle in our daily lives. We get tempted and deceived by our eyes. We take the fruit we are not supposed to eat and we take a bite regardless. We fall. We sin. We die. But then we are given new life through Jesus’s death for us. We are given a new opportunity to live again. Hopefully we learn from our past mistakes so this time we run like crazy from that fruit.

When Satan tempts us with the fruit instead of taking the fruit we toss it out the window. We then run for the hills. It is better to be exhausted from running from temptation then to be dead. Plus Jesus will sustain us as long as we are running toward him. It’s when we stop our running that we have to be carful to not get caught in a trap.

We all as humans have temptations. But different people have different temptation. One way of running from your temptations is to know your temptations so that you can better recognize something creeping up on you. So what are your temptations? What strategies do you have in place to first recognize your temptation, second throw it out the window and third run from it? If you do not know the answer to these questions pastoral care can be helpful.

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