We are all familiar with the story of how Joseph was tempted by Potiphar’s wife. Joseph was a God fearing young man. A young man of nowadays will jump at a great opportunity to commit sin by satisfying the lust of the flesh. Day after day he was tempted but he made up his mind not to sin against God. He fled temptation, was put in prison but later became the deputy Prime Minister of Egypt. He was able to save his whole family during the famine. Have you ever considered what would have happened if Joseph yielded to that temptation? If God can deliver Joseph he can also deliver you.
Temptation is to induce or entice someone to sin. The original meaning of the word ‘tempt’ was ‘to test’. No test is real unless there is some pressure to make the wrong choice. Today there are temptations everywhere which include the following: Tendency to listen to mainstream music in order to fit in, being selfish. Disobedience to parents and authority and wearing crazy clothes. Feeling peer pressure to smoke, have sex, drink, pierce your body, have tattoos, hanging out with bad groups, in fact the list is endless.
When the devil brings about various temptations, you need the immunity of Jesus to overcome. It will be a great disaster for those who yield to temptation. Here are some examples: The bible tells us that Satan himself was a perfect anointed Cherub. He saw God’s glory and was tempted to be like Him, due to that he became the enemy of God (Isa 14:15, Ezek 28:9), What a shame!
Adam and Eve were perfectly created by God; they yielded to the temptation to eat the fruit. They ushered sin into the world and were expelled from the Garden of Eden. The story shows us Satan’s strategy for weakening human defences. Achan was covetous, he took the accursed thing and hid them. He caused the whole defeat of a nation and destroyed himself and his family (Joshua7:1 –25), What a disaster! David the king of Israel saw a woman Bethsheba and could not take his eyes off her, he took her for himself and killed her husband. This led to a broken fellowship with God, how terrible!
There are also examples of those who overcame temptations: Satan tempted Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus fasted for forty days and night and the devil told him to turn stones to bread. Jesus was definitely hungry after forty days, the devil will always capitalise on ones’ weakness. He told Jesus to leap from the temple, Satan even misapplied Scriptures to assert that angels would catch Jesus before He lands. Jesus knew that God was no magician and told Satan not to put the word of God to test. Lastly, Satan told Jesus to bow down to worship Him. Jesus was able to overcome the three temptations by quoting the word of God and total obedience to God. The story reveals resources available to the believer to defeat the tempter. Likewise, whoever needs to overcome temptation must be conversant with the word of God.
Charles Spurgeon quotes ’Watch constantly against those things, which are thought to be no temptations. The most poisonous serpents are found where the sweetest flowers grow. Cleopatra was poisoned by an asp that was brought to her in a basket of fair flowers. Sharp-edged tools, long handled, wound at last’.
Temptations will surely come, Jesus loves you and He wants you to overcome, put your trust in Him and He will surely see you through. If you don’t want to be different you can’t make any difference. God bless you as you take your stand.