Temptation

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” This was the one moment in history that forever changed everything. Adam and Eve had it all, provided to them by a God whose greatest desire was their fellowship and their obedience. And here, they were confronted with three things: The lust of the flesh (it was good for food), the lust of the eyes (it was pleasant to the eyes) and the pride of life (desirable to make one wise or be like God). These are the same three temptations that Jesus faced in the wilderness (command the stones to become bread – the lust of the flesh, all these kingdoms will become yours – the lust of the eyes, and last, prove you are the Son of God and throw yourself down – the pride of life). The lust of the flesh refers to things that satisfy our carnal nature. The lust of the eyes is concerned with coveting. The pride of life is concerned with position. Any sin you can think of probably falls into at least one of these three categories. Adam failed the temptation at a tremendous cost to not only himself but to all future mankind. But, Jesus prevailed! Temptation is a tool the enemy uses against us daily. But you can prevail because God’s word says you can! When you are tempted, He will show you a way out. Allow God’s power to work in your time of weakness!

” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:6 (NKJV)

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)