Beyond Temptation; The Two Tables That Are Set Before Man.
Beyond Temptation; The Invisible Table Within Man.
To be beyond temptation is as normal a spiritual behavior as, it is to be a man snared in sin. One man has just decided to eat from the tree of life and the other from the tree of disobedience.
We need to look no further than the pattern that Christ set for us, to be free from the ways of this world.
Beyond Temptation; Satan Test Christ In The Desert
Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
It is well said, when Satan is called the tempter. For a good definition of temptation is “Test.” http://sorabji.com/1828/words/t/temptation.html TEMPTA’TION, n. The act of tempting; enticement to evil by arguments, by flattery, or by the offer of some real or apparent good.
Christ supremacy was tested and was found without blemish.
To get off track for a second, I want to make this statement as clear as “Rain water.” When I say, “Beyond temptation.” I am saying living in liberty with Christ, not in a sinless state that one should never sin again. That is, one will sin but one has no excuse to live in a sinful lifestyle. Lusting, adultery, fornication, sodomy, drunkenness, drug use and many others.
Satan tested Christ first with food, Why food? This is simple enough, Christ was hungry.
Beyond Temptation; Beware What The Heart, Mind and Soul Hunger For.
Christ being a pattern for us, did not satisfy the flesh at the moment the flesh could be satisfied. Therefore we should never satisfy the flesh the moment it requires to be so, and this takes practice.
Why must the flesh be put away? There are many answers to the last question but through the years, I believe that I have found a good answer.
We must put the flesh away, so that we may desire God to be the one and only God in our hearts. With out God being the one and only God, all else is vanity.
Millions of men fulfill the flesh daily and we see the consequences of the flesh manifesting over the spirit in every arena of our society.
Yet, Christ passed the test with Satan. He set many things in motion when he defeated Satan. First he established that he didn’t need Satan’s advice on what to do. Unlike the first Adam, Christ said, “No to Satan.”
When Satan took Christ to the pinnacle. Take note Christ allowed Satan to take him to such a place, yet he still ruled over Satan. Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Their were men before us and will be men after us who will be lead to strange lands, ungodly customs, and superstitions. Yet they prevailed in the past and will prevail in Christ and we should too.
Such men as Daniel, Samuel and Issac are excellent examples of men who walked in the ways of God. These men had one thing in common, They were blameless in the sight of God and men.
Jesus was offered all the kingdoms of the world, yet we must look at this offer as Christ did. Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
Yes my beloved brothers, Satan was trying to tempt Christ with a footstool when he owned the throne and footstool.
We are tempted by this world and for what? That we should trade the crown of life for a corruptible crown.
Let us learn from Adam and Eve, For did they not win the whole world, yet forfeit their place with God? Yet we have Christ and should we forsake Christ for the world? Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Beyond Temptation; Association Not Participation
Christ set a pattern for us in all ways to live a life of purity.
As the spring rains fall and reveal a multitude of colors, so does the Holy Spirit fall upon men. Then as a “Glory Cloud” it moves men across this desert called planet earth. Stopping here and going there. And as men are guided by the spirit of God, They become more Christ like.
For even Christ walked upon the dirt that he created, he talked to all and associated with the “Law breakers” of the day. Yet how did he not sin?
He was in God and God was in Him 100%.
We know that God cannot sin, yet Christ showed us a beautiful way to live. So that we would not die but live forever in his glory.
Christ painted a beautiful picture when he ate with Matthew the tax collector, and Zacchaeus. Luke 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
Yet Christ sinned not and we to can enter into this world and sin not.
Christ would associate with anyone who wanted his company out of desire to know God. Yes my beloved friend, Christ associated with sinners but he never participated with them.
To associate with another human for the glory of God, is a good thing indeed. Yet to participate with the world in the customs of the world is sin.
Christ never participated with people who desired sin more than repentance. It mattered not if they were of the synagogue or the populace. For Jerusalem was filled with the customs of Rome in Christ time. The theater, Colosseum, hippodrome and other Roman ways existed though out the land. Yet it is not written that Christ ever stepped foot in any of them.
To participate with sinners is to commit sin or at minimum to put ones soul in a place of compromise. Proverbs 6:28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
If you ever want to be above reproach, do not gather with mockers of God. Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Beyond Temptation; A loss of interest of this world’s customs
When a man or woman becomes Christ like, the first evidence will be that their soul, will have no interest in the ways of this world.
It is this simple, ones soul can not be tempted to sin by what it does not desire. For as sure as the sun comes up, I see evil in this world but I do not look. For I have no desire to look upon such things.
I hear evil in this world and I turn my ears another way.
We should all do these things out of love for our Lord, our beloved wives and children.
For our Lord so that we don’t turn grace into lasciviousness. Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
For our wives, so that they are assured that we are true to our word to them as protectors of the faith, family and community.
For our children so that our sons know how to walk in this world, upright and our daughters know the ways of a pure man. (so that we have hope they should marry a pure man.) Amen
The next post will be How to be free from the world. (Christ liberty)