Recently I have started going through an old devotional with my wife. The devotional’s Title is “My Utmost for His Highest”. The September 18th devotional talked about temptation. Here in this devotional Oswald Chambers shed a bit of light on temptation’s purpose. Temptation is often equated with the result- sin. Sin’s result, is separation from God. (Isa. 59) I have been taught, as I am sure you have, that temptation comes from our own innate wicked desires and passions, pushed on us by the enemy of God, the devil himself. (Romans 3; Romans 5)
While this scenario proves true in our unredeemed state, as a redeemed child of God when followed by sin, no longer hold the power they once did over our lives. (1 Cor. 5) Now yes, sin is sin. It does separate us from the love and blessing of God. Scripture is true when it says that those who practice sin will not see the kingdom of God. (1Cor. 6) Yet, as His child, there is nothing that can truly separate us from His love. (Romans 8) This being said, temptation for the believer seems to take on new role. A role that Oswald chambers seems to have touched on a bit in his devotional. Here is what he said,
“Satan does not tempt us just to make us do wrong things – he tempts us to make us lose what God has put into us through regeneration, namely, the possibility of being of value to God. He does not come to us on the premise of tempting us to sin,( for we have been and can be forgiven of our sin (1 Jn 1:9)) but on the premise of shifting our point of view, and only the Spirit of God can detect this as a temptation of the devil. Temptation means a test of the possessions held within our inner, spiritual part of our being by a power outside us and foreign to us.” (Oswald Chambers – Italics mine)
This sparked a ‘light bulb’ moment for me. It sparked a renewed attitude concerning my own walk with Jesus. It sparked a new fervor to go on in my life with Jesus in the life I am living right now. Simply to say, it reminded me of how as a believer, I walk in two worlds. I walk every day in the natural world. I need to more and more walk in the spiritual world. But there is a balance. You and I have been made to walk not to the point where we become as you have heard before, “so heavenly minded we are no earthy good” but in conjunction with the Spirit of God. Know that the temptations we face on a daily basis are not just about making us feel bad about ourselves – they are to rob the very life of God that He has implanted in you through faith in his Son, Jesus.
I raise the battle flag anew – and cry aloud – JESUS! JESUS! ONLY JESUS! Won’t you make this your battle cry as well?
As always, looking forwards to seeing and being a part of God’s plan and vision for Lakeview Community Church.
A fellow brother in Christ Jesus,