TEMPTATIONS

 Aloha Saints, Family & Friends,  Beloved of God and me.    John 3:16

TEMPTATIONS,    “WORTH CONSIDERING”    9/23/20       From Ken<><

Today’s Scripture      (Across my desk this morning from a church in Texas.)
Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  (James 1:2–3, NKJV)
   
Count it All Joy
We’d love to not have any pain, suffering, bad breaks, betrayals, or loss, but that’s not reality. Difficulties will come, and pain is a part of life, so keep the right perspective: there is purpose in your pain. If everything were always easy, we wouldn’t be prepared for our destiny. In the tough, dark times, God is getting you prepared. He knows exactly what you need and when you need it. Every struggle is making you stronger. Every difficulty is growing you up. You may not like it, but every painful season is developing something in you that can be developed only in the tough times. That difficulty is an opportunity to develop character, to gain a greater trust in God. If God allowed it, He knows how to bring good out of it. Don’t just go through it; grow through it and keep a good attitude. Count it all joy, knowing that this pain is going to lead to your gain.
   
A Prayer For Today
“Father, thank You that there is a purpose in the pain I experience whether I understand it or not. Thank You that You are preparing me and making me stronger and growing me up. I declare that I will count it all joy and overcome whatever I face. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Comments:
In other words, The testing of this world is like a gymnasium fitted with all kinds of spiritual testing and weights.   Just a Jesus was tested after His baptism by John.  He was deeply tested concerning the three basic areas of temptation in this world.  The lust of the eyes, Lust of the flesh and the Pride of life.  The same three temptations that Eve went through.  And that each of us go though almost daily.  There is an old adage saying, “What does not kill you, makes you stronger.”  It was God’s original approach with Adam as to have him lean about freewill by faith in believing what God said was true.  Need to read again the temptation strategy used on Eve to see how this works.  Gen.3:1-7, “Now the serpent was more crafty (subtle, skilled in deceit) than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And [a] the serpent (Satan) said to the woman, “Can it really be that God has said, ‘You shall not eat from [b] any tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees of the garden, 3 except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God said, ‘You shall not eat from it nor touch it, otherwise you will die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You certainly will not die! 5 For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened [that is, you will have greater awareness], and you will be like God, knowing [the difference between] good and evil.” 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise and insightful, she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband [c] with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of the two of them were opened [that is, their awareness increased], and they knew that they were naked; and they fastened fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.    In verse 1 satan lies and blatantly and simply call God a liar.    In verse 4 satan lies to Eve that she would not die.  But she did die and all generations after her.    In verse 5. satan lies that Eve would become like God.   But she didn’t. she became like satan.    In verse 6. satan’s closing sails pitch: It is tasty, beautiful and will make you wise.  But it didn’t, it caused death and division and darkness.  John Bunyan’s “The Holy War” comes to mind….Amazon

satan has been using this effective sales pitch for 6,000 year now the world is full of folks and nations who owe their souls to the company store because they like Eve did not see the lies for what they were. They borrowed from tomorrow to have today what they did not need.   And they turned their backs on God as somehow being responsible for their lusts, envies, prides, greed, fornication and murders and pain,  all in the name of finding a better way of life.  And now tend to agree with lucifer (satan) that God is a liar and can not be trusted.  James wrote about this in James 1:14-18.  ”  But each one is tempted when he is dragged away, enticed and baited [to commit sin] by his own [worldly] desire (lust, passion). 15 Then when the illicit desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin has run its course, it gives birth to death. 16 Do not be misled, my beloved brothers and sisters. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow [d] cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes]. 18 It was of His own will that He gave us birth [as His children] by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits of His creatures [a prime example of what He created to be set apart to Himself—sanctified, made holy for His divine purposes].

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org


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