We can be tempted and pulled away if we think we are in need of something or we are missing something in our life. I can’t believe for one minute that a person who is indwelled by the Holy Spirit wakes up on any given day wondering what sin he or she will get into today. It doesn’t work like that. James 1:14 says “but each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust or desire.” Did you notice it said carried away and enticed? It is something on the outside pulling, tugging and drawing us from where we are on the inside. The Holy Spirit lives inside of us and we are joined to Him, we let endurance or patience have her perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Our life will change when we come to the realization we have everything we need in Christ Jesus. He is everything we need to be perfect, complete and sanctified.
Jesus was tempted in every way and was without sin; yet, He was completely God, and completely human. Two things come to mind. One; temptation is not a sin and neither is being human. Let that sink in for a moment. I love being human because God picked redeemed man to indwell. He didn’t pick angels nor did He pick animals, but us humans and that is not sinful. Colossians 2:8&9 “In Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form. And in Him you have been made complete.” That’s how it works.
Getting back to temptation for a minute, being tempted never goes away. We will always be tempted or struggling with things in our life. In 1Cor. 10:13 it says “no temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man. And God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” Can you remember the moment before a bad decision you made and looking back can see the way of escape, but you didn’t take it? That is what this verse is talking about. God loves us so much; He uses the temptation to provide the way of escape. The way I understand this is we can not do anything on our own. He is the true vine and we are the branch abiding in Him. If we could live the perfect Christian life on our own we wouldn’t need Jesus. I just try to remember that I would do all kinds of sin if Jesus wasn’t keeping me, and I thank Him that He is keeping me. We look to Him because in Him He is our source. He loves you and everything is going to be alright.
That quote came from Nick Vujicic, a 25 year old man who was born with no arms and no legs. We watched him on DVD in jail-church preach about how he would not change a single thing because he knows God has a purpose for him. Nick encouraged others that God made you just the way He wanted you to be, so God could use you for His purpose, whatever that would be. When a man with no arms and no legs has the ability to see himself as whole in Christ and be for others it sort of puts your own life in perspective. Nick is quite an amazing man and funny too.
Before Joyce and I went home we were fortunate enough to council some young ladies after church. One girl is being paroled by the end of the week. Her life has changed since she has been here, but fear of the unknown lurks outside those walls. We are praying God will have His perfect way in her as she lives her life completely dependent on God.
One more girl I wanted to mention, without mentioning her name. She is precious to all who meet her, but because of the enemy’s lies, she has fallen into the temptation to believe him. Please pray she lets go of Unforgiveness and letting the root of bitterness take hold. She has agreed to read the book by R.T. Kendall called, TOTAL FORGIVENESS. We are praying God is doing what only He can do and through faith it is done. Thank you, God for the opportunities you give us each and everyday to depend on you.
Written by Tracey