In the past weeks, we have been learning about reflecting God's love. Today Pastor Thomas Idiculla shared from 1 John 2:15-17. The passage warns and encourages us, children of the Almighty God to refrain from loving the things of this world. "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever."
To overcome temptation, it is important to introspect, understand and be aware of the things that are highly reported as temptations. The top five self-reported temptations in America are Anxiety, Procrastination, Overeating, Overuse of electronics and social media, and Laziness.
What are temptations and how do they enter our lives?
- Temptations of all kinds have a common root - "FEED ME." They invite and lure you to try them, very similar to what we read about in Genesis 3.
- Temptations begin with something Good. It is so easy for a person to waiver between what seems good and what is right. Therefore, it is important for a child of God to know the Word and meditate on it.
- Temptations are the craftiness or the deception of the devil. Temptations are NEVER from God. They are evil and are of the devil. We often fall for them because of our fleshly desires and our ignorance of the Word and spirit of God.
- Temptations are three dimensional :
- Physical - Lust of the Flesh
- Mental - Lust of the Eye
- Spiritual - Pride of Life
- Jesus offered specific instruction to overcome temptation.
As we start off on this topic of OVERCOMING TEMPTATION, let us meditate and be ready to receive and listen to what God is talking to and with us.
Meditation Chapter for the week: MATTHEW 4