The Battle Is On… – TEMPTATION [10]

The battle for our minds, our thoughts and decisions, is constantly raging.  Should we give ourselves to the ways of the world, or the ways of God?  Realizing there is a battle going on is step one.  It’s also important to recognize that temptation is one of the weapons used in the battle.

In the last two posts I gave examples of opposing responses to temptation.

Joseph who resisted the sexual advances of Potiphar’s wife, see post — Resisting the Desire to Fulfill Our Physical Pleasures???  –  TEMPTATION [8]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-zv, and King David who gave into his sexual temptation, see post — HEADLINES – Man Falls Head Over Heels…  –  TEMPTATION [9]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-zM.

Other examples from the Bible illustrating opposing responses to temptation are…

Example of temptation for everything we see…

Eve’s temptation by Satan, the serpent – Genesis 3  –  gave into temptation

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Jesus’ temptation by Satan in the wilderness – Matthew 4:1-11resisted temptation

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Example of temptation because of our achievements/possessions.

Ananias and Sapphira who claimed they gave all the profits from the sale of property, but actually withheld some – Acts 5:1-10 – gave into temptation

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with widow’s offering at the temple, selflessly giving all the money she had – Mark 12:41-44 – resisted temptation

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These are just a couple of examples, from the Bible, of people who were and were not able to resist temptation.  I bet you can think of some opposing responses to temptation from your own life.  A time when either you, or someone you know, has been faced with temptation and has either been able to resist it, or gave into the temptation they faced.

It seems as though as soon as we wake up in the morning we are faced with having to make one decision after another.

 

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Some decisions are easy to discern and respond to, while others seem to stir up a battle within our consciences.

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James, in the Book of James, gives some insight into those who experienced, or will experience temptation.  He says,

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. And remember, when (not if, my addition) you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.  Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. –  James 1:12-15

Whether we are consciously aware of it or not, we are faced with temptation everyday and throughout our day.  Sometimes we succumb to temptation, and sometimes we resist temptation.

What is it then, as the old adage says that “separates the men from the boys”?  Why are some people able to resist temptation while others struggle?

See my next post, Does God Tempt People??  –  TEMPTATION [11]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-Aa to see who or what tempts us…

 

** FOR MORE ON TEMPTATION SEE MY OTHER POSTS BELOW **

HEADLINES – Man Falls Head Over Heels…  –  TEMPTATION [9],  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-zM

Does God Tempt People??  –  TEMPTATION [11]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-Aa

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HEADLINES – Man Falls Head Over Heels… – TEMPTATION [9]

HEADLINES…  MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART, FALLS HEAD OVER HEELS IN TEMPTATION…

I’ve heard the saying, “falling head over heels in love”, but I’ve never heard of “falling head over heels in temptation”.  Yet, in 2 Samuel 11 we will see King David doing just that – falling head over heels in temptation.

2 Samuel 11, opens up with an interesting verse,  In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. 2 Samuel 11:1

Interesting, umm?  King David chooses to stay behind and not fight?  What was he thinking?

Well, regardless of what he was thinking, it’s what he did while chill’in that got him into a whole heap of trouble.  The full story can be read in 2 Samuel 11.

I will summarize the chapter below, and point out how David’s temptation led him into sin.

Temptation #1 = Lust of the eyes

David looks over his balcony, and sees a beautiful woman bathing.

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David inquired who the woman was.  He is told, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.

Temptation #2 = Pursues Bathsheba even though he knows she is married –

Then David sent messengers to get her.

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David succumbs to sexual temptation – David SINS –

She came to him, and he slept with her. Then she went back home.  The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”

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DAVID’S TEMPTATIONS DID NOT STOP HERE…

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Temptation #3 – David attempts to cover up his SIN – 

Next, David sends word to Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, and says, “why don’t you take a break from fighting, come home and spend time with your wife”.

Uriah leaves the battle, but does not go home.  Instead, he slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house.
Uriah was an upstanding man and warrior.  He chose not to leave his men to partake in some frivolous R&R (rest and relaxation).

Temptation #4 – David attempts to tempt Uriah, urging him with food and drink to go home and sleep with his wife.

Then David invited Uriah to eat and drink with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home.

Temptation #5 – The choice to put Uriah in the line of fire on the battlefield.

In a last-ditch effort to cover his tainted tracks, David told Joab, captain of the his army, to “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”

David SINS – David murders Uriah.  Although David did not physically murder Uriah, he knew he would be killed having been put on the front lines of the battlefield.

There was no hope of survival for Uriah when put in the line of fire.  So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.

9.  So David, the honorable man that he is, ya right :/, brought Bathsheba to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son.

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****BUT THE THING DAVID HAD DONE DISPLEASED THE LORD****   2 Samuel 11:27

In this post, we’ve looked at King David and his downward spiral from temptation to sin.

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David had many opportunities to say, NO!!  Yet, the pull to fulfill his temptation was stronger than his will to resist it.

You may be asking yourself…

If David, a man after God’s own heartActs 13:22, couldn’t resist temptation, then how can I?

The answer is somewhat easy, but it requires preparation.

  • It requires us to remind ourselves of what we’ve learned from the Bible.
  • It requires us to apply into our daily lives what we’ve learned from the Bible – James 1:22
  • It also requires us to realize that God promises us that He will not allow the temptation to be more than we can stand. When we are tempted, He will show us a way out. – 1 Corinthians 10:13

As we saw with David, he had a number of opportunities to say NO!, to put an end to his pursuit of Bathsheba.  However, David chose not to, leading to an unfortunate series of events.  This in contrast to Joseph, who was frequently tempted by Potiphar’s wife, yet resisted – Resisting the Desire to Fulfill Our Physical Pleasures???  –  TEMPTATION [8], http://wp.me/p5nZpi-zv.

Two similar stories seeking to fulfill physical pleasure.  Two very different endings.

 

** FOR MORE ON TEMPTATION SEE MY OTHER POSTS BELOW **

Resisting the Desire to Fulfill Our Physical Pleasures???  –  TEMPTATION [8],  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-zv.

The Battle Is On…  –  TEMPTATION [10],  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-A3

 

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