Temptation is the crux of Jesus' teachings: it is one's resolve to become born again of righteousness.
The knowledge in these pages will do you no good unless you put it into practice. Jesus' teachings are a Do-it-yourself set of instructions on how to become born again, and make one's self ready to return home to Heaven.
This is not a read, know and talk teaching, this is a D.I.Y. little book of instructions for re-building the spiritual man in preparation for the return home. Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report, think on these things. And these things which you have read, learned and understand - DO - and the God of Peace shall be with you.
For it is not in the reading of the truth, nor in the talking of the truth by which we are saved, but it is in the "doing" of the truth, the "applying" of the truth to one's self by which we are saved. Put the truth into practice and "work out your own salvation" by doing, changing and becoming born again. Call on God for revelations: for whosoever is born again of God's righteousness, overcometh this world. Follow in the Way Jesus demonstrated. Ask for help that he delivers us from this evil world. DO what Jesus did, and you will be where he is.
"The field is this world; the good seed are the children of God, but the tares, they are the children of the Wicked One - the god of this world, the ruler of this world." (Mtt 13:38; 2Cor 4:4; John 12:31, 14:30) And the Wicked One enjoys deceiving people by making them "think" that because they know spiritual things, that they are spiritual. He enjoys giving us a headful of knowledge, and the pride that goes with it, to deceive even the very elect.
We are not of this world, this evil creation, we are of God, we are from above. This world is the creation of the Wicked One; Other Earth is the creation of the Living God, our Father who art in Heaven.
The Evil One and his rebellious angels (us) were cast out of Other Earth and down to the side of the Bottomless Pit of fire. As some of the fallen angels re-thought their free choice to follow Satan, and tried to find a way back home, the Evil One created this creation of "familiar" to TRAP those fallen angels who would change their minds and want to go back home (see Bottomless Pit for more >>> )
The Evil One created this creation and is in authority over this world, making the unsaved, the fallen angels, do his evil will; causing them to lie in his power and to be disobedient to God.(John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11, 8:44; 1John 5:19; James 4:4; Eph 2:2-3; 2Peter 2:14, 2:20)
The leaders of this world love darkness rather than light, and their evil fruit bare witness to their evil deeds(pretending and doing a little good while doing great evil). Down here the Evil One commands adoration, worship and blood sacrifice, especially the "little ones" - and he gets it!
The Evil One has desired to have you, and maybe had you, or has you now: he is relentless as long as you are in his kingdom. He sifts us like wheat, and sows tares of various kinds all around the planet. So be sober and be vigilant because your adversary, the Evil One, worketh through those who walk around us. Even the Evil One himself walketh about as roaring lion seeking to devour us.
You must understand that the design of this world and all the things herein, are an outward appearance of familiarity to Other Earth; but this design is evil, not righteous. This world appeals to the evil soul and it serves to tempt us to sin. "For all that is in the world is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; this is not of the Father, but of this world of the Wicked One. If any man love this world, the love of the Father is not in him." (1John 2:16,15)
However, God hath chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are might. "If you hold to (do) my teachings, then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free."
We must become vigilant of the Evil One's deceptions; be alert, be watchful, conscious - not day dreaming every moment of every day. "Do not be ignorant of his methods, that you may be able to withstand the evil of the day."(Eph 6:13; 2Cor 2:9-10)
This is a fight for Life! We must become vigilant! Be sober, well-balanced and have control of your soul because the Evil One does seek to take you down. However, worry not, "God knoweth what you have need of before you can ask"; for there is no temptation which can take you beyond that which you can stand; but "WILL", with great temptation, also make a way to escape that you may be able to bear it.(1Cor 10:13)
The Evil One has his trinity of evil which we must learn about and then stand on guard against, daily.
1.) He, the Evil One, directly approaches and tempts us.
2.) He controls and uses the evil soul within us to tempt us.
3.) He uses the evil souls of others to tempt us.
Without God's knowledge, and know-how to apply it, we are easy prey for the evil soul within, the Evil One, and the evil souls of those around us.
This world, the people around and approaching, must be studied: but with all your getting, get an understanding of your own soul first. Study the symbiotic relationship between the Wicked One, his evil world and that soul within you, so you may resist the evil of the day.
Haven't you ever wondered why evil thoughts arise in your mind? reading Romans 7:21, "I find that when I would do good, evil is present within me." You cannot serve God and mammon.
The Evil One is blinding our eyes to the truth as we read it, or hear it. (2Cor4:3-4) The Evil One snatches the Word of God from our soul, before it can take root (Mtt 13:19; Luke 8:12) - lest you believe it, apply it, and become saved from his evil creation. A distraction here, an interruption there, doubt, whatever works on YOU - the Evil One uses, and you are off doing or thinking about something else.
Worldly desires and possessions scream at us; another temptation is always "just around the corner". Temptations are powerful and come in a unique way, at just the right moment, when we are off-guard, to trip us up and we fall on our face. The Evil One tempts us to become disappointed that we failed again, discouraged, that it is hopeless, doubting that we can't do it, no one can.
The Evil One has a warehouse of temptations unique to each one of us, stored within our soul, which he can command at the speed of light. "Wherefore think you evil in your mind? Out of the heart(soul) proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, cowardice, lies, false witness, revenge, laziness, blasphemes, pride, foolishness, deceit, boasters, lasciviousness, covetousness, backbiters, an evil eye, wickedness, unforgiving, injustice, unmerciful, haters of God, and a host of other evil things."
Yes the evil from the soul within is a constant source of temptation; not to mention those evil souls around us which try to infect us and tempt us. The Evil One conjures up these temptations in our minds, and we follow the will of the Evil One instead of God's Will of Righteousness.
Submit yourself to God; resist the Evil One and draw nigh unto God. Call on Jesus; he is able to help his struggling people (Heb 2:18). For in that he himself had suffered being tempted, he is able to help them who are tempted. "Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."
Reading Luke 4:2, Being thirty-nine days tempted by his soul (the devil), the Evil One appeared on day forty to personally tempt Jesus. (Yes the Evil One can materialize in person, just like other angels whom we may have entertained unknowingly. (Heb 13:2)
And the Evil One took Jesus, "whether in the body or out of the body we do not know", up into the holy city, and later up into an exceedingly high mountain. (Mtt 4:1-10) Yes, the Evil One personally made these temptations to Jesus, after thirty-nine days of tempting Jesus through his soul.
The Three Temptations:
1.) turn stones into bread
2.) cast himself down from a great height; for it is written God will protect him
3.)worship the Evil One and receive all the kingdoms of this world and their glory
And how did Jesus respond? Jesus doesn't engage the Evil One in conversation, debate or argument; Jesus quotes The Word of God - he quotes scripture. He uses the Sword of the Spirit of Truth, and the Evil One "leaves him alone for a season".
1.) Temptation One Response - Deut 8:3
2.) Temptation Two Response - Deut 6:16
3.) Temptation Three Response - Deut 5:6-7
From then on the Evil One uses the souls of others, including his disciples, to tempt Jesus. (Mtt 22:18, 16:1, 19:3, 22:35; Mark 12:15, 8:11, 10:2; Luke 11:16; John 8:6 . . . and many other temptations Jesus faced from the Evil One, operating through the rulers, followers, and whomever, wherever he went; a constant barrage of temptations.
Just like Jesus, we have people through whom the Evil One operates to tempt us, reading Acts 14:2, "The unbelieving stirred up the Gentiles and made their minds evil affected against the brethren." To the workers of God who try to spread The Word, the Evil One has his people falsely accusing them (Rev 12:17) and he hinders their work(1Thess 2:18); he sows tares among them (Mtt 13:38-39) and sends his followers to persecute the brethren (Rev 2:10); he uses demons to turn us away from seeking Life (Eph 6:11-12).
Be strong and let the "Word of God" abide in you and you will overcome the evil soul within, this evil world, and the Evil One. "All scripture is profitable for reproof."(2Tim 3:14) God's Word equips us with the knowledge of what we need to Do. With God's Word we can overcome the soul, this evil world and the Evil One to be victorious; and not remain victims of ignorance, under the Evil One's temptations which lead to sin.
We can be delivered from this cycle of temptation and sin, but we must stand-on-guard every day, using the Word of God, just as Jesus did to withstand the evil temptations of his day. With the help of God and Jesus, we can Do it!
The Evil One works on us from within through the soul, from without through the souls of those around us, through the design of his evil world, and if he has to, the Evil One will materialize onto our path - in whatever form necessary, to deceive us. Therefore it behooves us to know the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error, the devil, the tempter, the Evil One, that great deceiver, the ruler of this world, the god of this world, the devil called Satan, the Lizard.
Be strong in God, in the strength of his Word, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in the Will of God. DO NOT be conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and the perfect Will of God - "feed my sheep."
Many people do not read their Bible. Some read a little, but not seriously. They are not seekers, they just believe what they are told. Others read the Bible, but what they are told blinds their minds from seeing what is written on the pages. Reading Matthew 6:13, "And lead us not into temptation" - this should read, "and keep us from temptation" BECAUSE "let no man say when he is tempted, 'I am tempted of God,' for God does not tempt any man."
The days are evil. (Eph 5:16) Cleanse your mind. Purify your mind ye double minded. "Blessed is the man that endureth temptations of his own lust." (James 1:12,14)