The Beckoning Finger of Temptation

One does not fall into temptation’s lure like falling into a pit. One jumps into it by deciding to do so.

Temptation is not sin. The dictionary says temptation is the act of tempting, enticement, or allurement. Something usually regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral. To tempt is to attract, appeal strongly to, or invite, to try to get someone to do wrong, to put someone to the test especially with a promise of reward.

However, the Greek definition of temptation means a putting to proof, the trial of man’s fidelity, integrity, virtue, constancy, with a beneficial purpose.

What’s the purpose?

Imagine with me for a moment. Imagine you have gone to a conference of some sort in a town you have never been to before.

After one of the meetings, you decide to take a walk and look around the section of the city close to your hotel.

As you walk down the sidewalk, you see shop after shop, each, of course, with a door.

And standing in each doorway is a hawker. You know, like one of those barkers at carnivals.

One of them points at you and yells, “You! Come on in! I have something special to show you. I know you’ll love it. Come on; come see!”

Another beckons with his finger, “Have I got a deal for you! You’d better come in and get it. It won’t take but a second.”

Still another waves you to come in, “I bet you’ve never done this before. You don’t want to miss this.”

And on it goes. But do you go in? Now, that’s the $64,000 question.

This is the picture of temptation. It is a trial, a proving of your power to resist. You might glance in its direction but you don’t respond to the call and walk in the door.

Resist temptation’s beckoning finger and “let God work His will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper.” (James 4:7 Msg) “Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” (Matt. 26:41 NLT)

Paul tells us that “God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can handle. But He always provides a way of escape so that you will be able to endure and keep moving forward.” (1 Cor. 10:13 Voice)

Yes, keep on moving. Don’t stop to spy in the window. Remember the game “I spy…with my little eye”? Well, what does your little eye spy? Where is it looking?

Does your little eye peeking at adultery, porn, gossip, pride, anger, cheating, lying, or anything else that God says is a no-no? Is it beckoning you with its come-hither finger of temptation? If you do not stay in God’s Light, you will succumb to sin’s seduction, finding yourself darkening its doorstep.

Solomon spied everything and denied himself nothing, not homes, herds, gardens, slaves, and especially not women, and said so, “Whatever my eyes desired I kept not from them; I withheld not my heart from any pleasure.” (Eccl. 2:10 Amp)

David desired the opposite and told the Lord, “Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through Your word,” and “I will set no base or wicked thing before my eyes…it shall not grasp hold of me.” (Ps. 119:37 NLT, Ps. 101:3 Amp)

Do you desire the same? Therefore, don’t let your feet follow in the direction of your eyes. Keep your eyes pure, as Jesus said, “If your eye is pure, there will be sunshine in your soul.” (Matt. 6:22 TLB)

I pray you desire nothing less than to bring glory to God’s Name in your daily walk, to have the power of resistance to pass the trial that you not darken your soul by darkening temptation’s doorway.

From His feet, Lynn

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