Why God Allows Temptation In Our Life?

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Have you ever questioned why God allows temptation in our life?

 Satan is the source of all temptation and is very clever in deceiving our self.  Ask yourself, in any given day, how many times have you

said something you shouldn’t have?

had impure thoughts?

told a ‘little white lie’?

judged someone?

watched or listened to something you shouldn’t have?

rationalized why you did something you knew was wrong to make it look right?

We are not perfect and we are all guilty of giving way to temptation, just as Eve did in the Garden of Eden [Genesis 3:1-13Genesis 3:1-13
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3 1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Yea...: Heb. Yea, because, etc. 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. pleasant: Heb. a desire 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. aprons: or, things to gird about 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. cool: Heb. wind 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.  

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].  She listened to the rationalization given by Satan as to why eating the forbidden fruit would be ‘okay’.

Wouldn’t it be better for us all if temptation didn’t even exist?  Not really.  To truly be made in God’s image, He blessed us all with moral as well as intellectual capacities.  We are made to deal with real choices between good and evil, by means of temptation.  The temptations that we experience in our life are opportunities for us to choose what is right, therefore, strengthening us morally.  Temptations are an unforeseen blessing by God.  As we love Him and put our trust in Him, we will make the right choice when tempted and by resisting temptation, we will grow and mature as a child of Christ.

In our world today, we are faced with never-ending temptations.  We are sometimes led by our wants and desires of worldly things instead of trusting God and believing that what He defines as ‘right’ is also good for us.  We must also know the Word of God, so not to be deceived when someone twists God’s word to make doing wrong okay.

Jesus, the son of God, was not spared from temptation [Matthew 4:1-11Matthew 4:1-11
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4 1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. tempt: or, try, or, put to trial, or, proof 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.  

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].  As a faithful child of God, do you realize the power and authority you have been given over Satan?  Do you realize that once you have commanded Satan to ‘be gone’ from you in Jesus’ name, he has to leave!

Luke 10:19Luke 10:19
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19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  

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 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

We hear a lot about the love, understanding, compassion, etc. that we are blessed with by God, but seldom do we talk about the power, strength, and authority we also receive from God.  Even when we feel we are at our weakest moments, our Spirit is strong.  Draw upon that strength, and have faith in God, our Almighty King!

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

8 thoughts on “Why God Allows Temptation In Our Life?

  1. Dangerous Linda

    interesting post. you make ‘temptation’ sound awfully wonderful & naughty! makes me wonder what is the difference between what you describe and simply making choices and learning lessons from the choices we make.

    1. mhudakcollins Post author

      Linda, I look at making choices and learning lessons from our choices as what a child would do, at an age that they are not capable from knowing the consequences yet, or right and wrong. Temptation, on the other hand is specifically done on Satan’s terms…and yes, most times it is wonderful and naughty, purposefully done to tempt our flesh. As a child of God, living a spiritual life, we must choose whether or not we will make the ‘Godly’ choice, denying a sinful nature. As a Christian, I believe that we will answer for our actions, or choices that we make here on earth. I would rather make the Godly choice and refrain from the sinful nature When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we seek to know Him better by studying His Word. In doing so, many mysteries of the Bible surrounding His character, expectations, etc are revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. For me, personally, the deeper I study the Word, the more knowledge I gain which gives me an indescribable peace in my being. To know in my heart what awaits me soothes my soul. ♥♥♥
      This video sums what I’m trying to say perfectly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMbZF5nkdss

  2. Dangerous Linda

    Mary, I think you hit the nail on the head with this, “I look at making choices and learning lessons from our choices as what a child would do…”

    “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew 18:3

    I think we’re all better off when we approach life and learning with the trust, open-mindedness and enthusiasm of a child.

  3. Brenda

    I’ve always thought the point was to learn. Life is meant to be lived, yes? Along the way we are tested, learn a bit, talk it through with the heavens, and hopefully, move on with new knowledge.

  4. Corinne Rodrigues

    I know it’s just a word but ‘temptation’ seems to put the ‘blame’ on someone, Mary. I’ve come to see life as made up of choices – and when the time comes to make some, with the grace of God, we can make the right one.

  5. Martha Orlando

    “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil . . .” Our pastor’s sermon this past Sunday was all about temptation and how none of us are immune to its allure, but with God’s help, we can stand strong.
    Beautiful post, Mary!

  6. Mallerey Michaels

    Great post Mary. I never really thought specifically how temptation is ever present in our daily lives. And how often we are “tempted” to sinful things versus good things. Like, I don’t think about being tempted to help a neighbor, but am mindful of being tempted to perhaps sleep in late in the morning, or spend more money on something I might not really need, etc. Thanks for prompting me toward a little self reflection!

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