I Am Tempted by God
Good! That caught your attention huh? I did this on purpose in order to reinforce the point I make throughout this website that….you must study and not simply read your Bible (and preferably the KJV). Take the time to prove everything to yourself. Paul wrote, “Prove all things, hold fast that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:21, KJV). Satan clearly demonstrated his knowledge of scripture when he tempted Christ Jesus after His forty days and nights of fasting in the wilderness (see Matthew 4:1-11). One must be willing to consider whether one has allowed himself to be misled into assuming that he is truly following the Christ of the Bible and what He actually taught. My point being we are so easily deceived. Further, we are the easiest to deceive (self-deception) because of our own ignorance, or refusal to believe the probability of self-deception (Hmm-m...sounds like ego is at work).
Satan does have a kingdom! He is the invisible “god” of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). Even Christ Jesus called Satan the “ruler of this world” (John 14:30). One of Satan’s principle ways of deceiving most people is to make them think that he does not even exist! I urge you to study. Not only is he alive and well but he even has his own ministers! In 2 Cor. 11:13-15 the Apostle Paul warns those with ears that Satan’s ministers often look and sound like what deceived people think Christ’s ministers should sound like! But they preach “another Jesus” and proclaim a “different gospel” (Meredith, 2010). So am I tempted by God?
Here is the actual scripture I surgically removed the title to this article from. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone (James 1:13, NKJV). Evil (Satan) tempts us NOT God. God, being perfect, is not capable of tempting us. Even though God can do anything, He cannot contradict Himself or He would not be perfect!
Satan knows that our mind constantly provides him opportunity to enter and scatter seeds. In the Epistle of James one reads, “But each is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed” (James 1::14, NKJV). It matters not who you are, what you have, or what station you believe you hold in this material world. As long as our Spirit is confined to our physical body….we are sinful. This means, while we are in the natural, Satan has an open door to our inner most being. God will not interfere as we MUST COME TO GOD OF OUR OWN VOLITION.
We are all made up of body, spirit, and soul. Our soul is what Satan wants. Our soul is, or at the least is somehow “connected” to our mind, will, and emotions, in my humble opinion. Again — we must all desperately seek to develop the mind of Christ. The more Christ minded we are the harder we make it for Satan to have his way in our mind and ultimately steal/command our soul! The more Christ minded we become the easier it is to sense, in our mind, what is and what is not of our Father. As Christians – we have the seed of the mind of Christ….but we must train ourselves to listen and act according to God’s will. You must study and not simply read your Bible! Take the time to prove everything to yourself. Come back to God…He never gave up on you!
I offer the following Chapters and verses as a “jump off” point to help you. Let me reiterate that the “target audience” of the articles/content of this website is directed toward those seriously seeking a better understanding and consequently a closer relationship with our Father.
Yes, there is a back-story to all the KJV verses provided for you below which I strongly suggest you read and study, but the point I am trying to convey here is that God promises to never leave us or forsake us—EVER! There is NO REASON to allow Satan to take our soul. God is with us…but we must come to know Him and have a genuine relationship with Him. God is with us – trust God.
Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he
will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Hebrews 13:5-6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never
leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God
is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of
the world. Amen.
Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto
Isaiah 41:10-13 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will
uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Psalms 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not
fail thee, nor forsake thee.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
1 Chronicles 28:20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God,
even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service
of the LORD.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
The verses provided above are not exhaustive but designed to get you thinking and perhaps entice you to dig a little deeper on your own (study). If you are still with me here…please allow me to offer a concluding thought for you to reflect on. The following was written by the Apostle Paul to the church of God which was at Corinth. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10:13, KJV). Taken in context to Scripture Paul was referring to temptation and/or sin. Admittedly, this verse does not directly confront the many and different “trials” one will face in life. I refer to trials that are not the direct result of temptation or sin, e.g., unexpected deaths. Still, in my experience(s), when faced with some seemingly overwhelming situation, I have found that repeating the verse (sometimes out-loud) lights the path of faith in a compassionate heavenly Father who will not tempt me. The conundrum of temptation and/or sin vs. trials is another reason I love, believe, and fully understand my life verse—Matthew 22:37-40!
Take time to reflect on the following quote I found in the book “Where Is The True Church? authored by David C. Pack.
“Cause and effect is a universal LAW governing almost every action in life”
David C. Pack
THAT INCLUDES OUR RELIGIOUS LIFE!