...And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Luke 11:4
It takes constant prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit to keep us from giving into temptations that come our way. I don't care how saved you are, how long you have been, what title or position you hold, you are not exempt from temptation. If you think you are, you are sadly mistaken.
Often times when I am speaking with teenagers, I find that a lot of them seem to think that they are exempt from being tempted of anything. The more examples that are given to them, the more they seem to think that they are above the person involved; that it couldn't happen to them; that they are invincible. Only later to come to terms with the fact that noone is above being tempted on this earth. When Jesus walked this earth, He too was tempted by Satan after having fasted forty days and forty nights (see Mathew 4:1-11).Therefore, it is evident that we all will be tempted during our lifetime.
One of the most hurtful situation I have had to deal with is after teaching on temptations and how to overcome them according to the Word of God, only to find out later that one or more of my students felt like the message wasn't for them. That the same rule that applies to us, didn't apply to them. Which in terms lead to circumstances that could have and would have been avoided had they listen.
It is so important that we take the Word of God as face value. The Bible is not a joke, nor is it a lie. Please do not be fooled by the enemy to think that what happened in the Bible was only for the people in there. That would be a terrible mistake on your part. It is and has been made clear in my life and the lives of others that to successfully live an abundant life in Christ is through the obedience of His Word. There is no ifs, ands, or buts about it. If you want to prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers here on earth, the only way is through the obedience of God's Word. Which means that you have to read it, and apply it to your everyday life inorder for you to have the promises of God. Hey, don't knock what you haven't tried.
Isn't it interesting that people have their own theories about something they know nothing about? How can you down play something you haven't even tried? Or someone you haven't even given yourself a chance to get to know? What's up with that?
Psalm 34:8 says, " O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that truseth in him." If you want to know if God is a God of His Word, taste and see!
When Jesus went to Gethsemane with three of His disciples, He told them to "watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." If you read further into the story, you will see that they did not watch or pray. In fact they went to sleep, only to later on fall into temptation (see Matthew chapters 26,27).
Now if they who have ate, slept, walked, and seen Jesus perform miracles after miracles, fell into temptation, surely you and I are not exempt. Don't be so quick to dismiss a lesson of sermon that has been presented to you. Not only are the people giving you the Word of God, but they are also giving you knowledge from past experiences. Remember: It's hard to teach or preach what you don't know.
One more thing, let's look to the Bible as our roadmap to living a Godly life, and not to people who can often times have us living an ungodly life. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. Hebrews 2:18