Now brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus our Blessed Lord and Savior, this article is about temptation.
I ask that you pray Ephesians 1:17-19 and Colossians 1:27 (Put your name in there.)
Father open my eyes of my understanding, help me direct my imagination to see the hope of your calling, help me know the exceeding greatness of your power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, and the riches of the glory of your inheritance that's in me, also Father that you reveal Christ in me the hope of all glory, thank you in Jesus name amen.
So let's jump into the living Word and get blessed and edified. So we now know the devil has no control over you as we have been taken out of the kingdom of this world (darkness) and have been transferred to the Kingdom of light (Ephesians 2:2-3). I believe a lot of mistakes happen when someone tries to understand the living Word with their natural mind which cannot be done, (1 Corinthians 2:14)"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
That's why we pray the prayer we had at the beginning, and for the Holy Spirit to help us as our teacher, (John 14:16-17, John 16:13). Now we must clear this up God is not the tempter of any evil (James 1:13) "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". So now we can learn how we are tempted, (James 1:14:15) “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed (beguile) Then when lust hath conceived it brings forth sin: and when it is brings forth death".
So it has to be conceived like a baby, sin doesn’t just happen, a woman needs a mans seed to conceive, we are told how this happens in verse 14 “drawn away”which means enticed. You cannot be enticed with what you don't think on or consider. Now Satan has been stripped of all power (Colossians 2:15) “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it". So the devil is the tempted, he can only tempt you with your eyes and ears (1 John 2:16) "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (the devil)”.
Now brothers and sisters, the devil can only tempt you the same way he tempted Eve in the garden of eve. He needed a snake to communicate to eve,to put something from this world, which we don't belong to as we are only in it and not of it and so the devil uses people, media, communications etc to entice.
Now we are told that Jesus our Lord was tempted the same way we are but with out sin, as that which is common to man, (1 Corinthians 10:13) “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”.
So you have the victory already, see it's the law that the devil has used to keep the body of Christ in this bondage based on lies. God gave the Law to show us that we were sinners and needed a Savior JESUS. Now many get confused with this, it's not us breaking the ten commandments that made us sinners, we all inherited it through Adam and Eve, that gave us a sin nature.Their spirit life was cut off from God and the Bible tells us we were dead spiritually (Ephesians 2:1).“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.”
Well brothers and sisters here is a test for each of us to see if we are still under any control of the flesh by reading through Galatians 5:19-21. “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Now this does not mean in our thoughts – what we think because we know the flesh lusts against the spirit (Galatians 5:17) which we have covered in our article battle of the mind: flesh vs spirit. But whether we are acting these out from our thoughts. Remember sin has got to be conceived and this is the good news, yes the Gospel, of the kingdom of God which we now live in means we are free from the Law. If you are born again, everything must be of Gods grace, Grace says done, then if it's not then of grace then you are still under the law and religion and legalism. You are still trying to do what Christ has already done for us. It's a lie from the devil, which sad to say has many preachers in unbelief and bondage. That's why we are to walk by faith and not by sight, and to renew our mind (Romans 12:2-3). This is a must if we are to walk in faith and be free from this worlds garbage.
Now that we are born again we are a new creature, (2 Corinthians 5:17) “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a NEW creature (spirit): old things (spirit) is passed away, behold, all things (spirit) are become new”.The old sin nature was nailed to the cross, (Romans 6:6-7) “Knowing this that our old man (spirit, sin nature) IS crucified with him, that the body of sin (notice here sin not sins which man inherited from Adam and Eve), might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin, For he that is dead is freed from sin”.
Which brings us to Romans 6:4 “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”.Praise Jesus amen. Now we really need to get this in our hearts and minds. We are now no longer under the Law, but under GODS GRACE (Romans 6:14). The law was to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:23-25) “But before faith came, we were kept under the Law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto CHRIST, that we might be justified (free, innocent, righteous) by faith (in him), But after that faith is come, we are no longer under the schoolmaster (law)”.
Now this is so important brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, we need to stop looking on this outer man, and look at our new man, our spirit and we do this by planting these truths in our heart, soul which is called the inner man (Ephesians 3:16). “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man”. Spirit here is not talking about our Spirit as that's complete (1 Corinthians 6:17). It's referring to our hearts (Ephesians 3:17) “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,” So we need to renew our hearts/ minds;
“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness”. Ephesians 4:24
“And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good,and acceptable,and perfect will of God.”Romans 12:2-3
That's the key and foundation for knowledge, wisdom,and understanding in the Holy Spirit. Now we have got to the point of this background knowledge and revelation in what took place before being born again, where does temptation come from? Big question. There is no Law so then how can we be tempted?
The answer has been given in Gods kingdom, (John 15:12)“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (1 John 3:23) “And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.”
Now temptation comes from outside Gods Kingdom, see God does not impute our sin to anyone in his kingdom and under his grace who are born again, (Romans 5:13) “For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law”.
Someone who sins, has not grown in the knowledge and grace that there is no law anymore as Jesus fulfilled it for us, (Matthew 5:17) “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil”.
Glory Jesus. The law is awesome and I love it,and the law will always remain for the lost in the kingdom of the devil/ darkness (Matthew 5:18). But now we have been made the righteousness. Jesus brought us into righteousness when he was baptised (Matthew 3:15) “And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him”. (Romans 10:10) “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. If you are born again you are now made righteous, in your spirit, (1 Corinthians 1:30) “But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness (defined as justification which means not guilty, acquittal), and sanctification (purity, holiness), and redemption”. We need to recognise this truth to be able to fellowship with our Father, Spirit to spirit (John 3:6) “That which is born of flesh is flesh, and that which is born of Spirit is spirit”.
So to conclude the devil has no right to you, he can only tempt you if you don't know or understand who you are in Christ. Brothers and sisters, once you see where you live, walk and breath in the Kingdom of Christ, the devil is finished. Generation after generation have taken too much deception and it's time to break free. I and others in this ministry have been putting all this to work. Why? Because it's truth and the truth sets you free (John 8:32), and God is committed to His Word. We are all blessed so receive all your blessings in Christ Jesus our Blessed Lord and Savior and King of Kings in the Kingdom of light. Thank you Father in Jesus name amen.
(Brackets) within scripture have been added by me to emphasise and define further the word in question.
Uncovering satan Series
Part 1: Who is satan?
Part 2: Satan cannot access our minds
Part 4: Temptation
Part 5: Conviction and Righteousness
Part 6: The conscience