Temptation is a desire to do something especially that which is wrong. And because of its nature of being wrong this clearly reflects that temptations only come from Satan or the devil. Because they are the paths of the devil that why when we pray we say “lead us not into temptation” (Matthew 6vs.13) but I always do find great joy as James goes on to say “my brethren count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptation”(James 1vs.2).
In this article we are going to try and bring out a deeper understanding of what temptation is so that as a Christian you know it when it comes your way. The basis of today’s teachings shall be from the book of Luke 4 vs. 1 – 12 of the story of Jesus’s temptation. In this story we will find out all the three types of temptations we as Christians shall face. These are the ones in which Christ comforts us saying I have also fought the world and they are as follows:
LUST OF FLESH: these are temptations set out to attack the body’s desire that is what your flesh needs. An example of this from the scripture is when the devil says to Jesus “if you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread”. Here the devil realized that Jesus had not eaten for a long time and the closet thing he would need is food (bread). When temptations of lust of flesh come they push on what your body is in desperate need of such as food, sex and thrills.
LUST OF THE EYES: one thing which the devil knows is that you are a soul with a body and that this is the time whereby the Lord seeks those who worship him in spirit and truth. With this in mind he will work on weakening your spirit/soul through the lust of the eyes. These are the desires of the mind which delight the eyes. The devil used this on Jesus when he took him to a high place and revealed to him the kingdoms of the world and saying “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them”. Examples include clothes, money and entertainment.
PRIDE OF LIFE: this is when the devil tries to push in a position that you have to prove that you are a real child of God that is putting God to test. This is best revealed in the scripture when the devil asks Jesus to jump off a off and see if the angels would catch him. The devil will be igniting a spirit for you to crave for things such as recognition, praise and power.
The above are the three types of temptations we may face in the course of our journey as Christians.
To be continued………..