Temptation and Test
GOD DOES NOT TEMPT ANYONE
Now, does God tempt anyone? According to Elder Jame's definition of temptation (Jas 1:13), God neither entices nor snares us into temptation with lusts. Rather, it is our weaknesses that leave room for temptation.
Samson was tempted to visit a harlot in Gaza even without her seduction (Judg 16:1), and he did the same in the valley of Sorek, where he met Delilah (Judg 16:4).
Many times, a physical object becomes a form of temptation when our carnal self desires it. For example, money by itself may not appear tempting to honest people who are content with what they have. But to the greedy, it causes them to act sinfully. This greed was what caused Judas to betray Jesus.
To be spiritual requires elimination of the flesh, which always goes against what is spiritual. So, our religious life is always disturbed by this inevitable friction between the flesh and the spirit. And when we fail to overcome the flesh, we cannot blame God, for He has given us His truth and the Holy Spirit to guide us.
Now, the choice is ours: Are we determined to live according to the flesh or live by the Spirit and put to death the deeds of the body (Rom 8:13)?
What this is asking is whether or not we are willing to be obedient to God in every situation in life, because when we chose to follow the Spirit and the truth to keep us from sin, we can overcome both temptations and tests.
[to be continued]