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Temptation

Before we get started, I would like to elaborate a little on the conception of “God and temptation”. First and foremost, God cannot be tempted, nor will He tempt anyone. For I see a lot of confusion among individuals in the world today in regards to temptation and testing, or trials and tribulation. We must gain insight and understanding corresponding to this, for there is significant importance in knowing these distinctions. Let us start with the trials…

For those who have been called in accordance with knowing and understanding the word of God, have been chosen. And these particular individuals, even the elect, are given the blessing of knowledge and understanding; a manifestation, it seems, and one of the Holy Spirit interceding with the mind of a man. However, with these blessings comes something else entirely. For I speak of the trials and tribulations of the inner man in regards to refinement. For the Lord has already declared this was to happen, consider the following…

“Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the man, My Associate,” declares the Lord of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered; And I will turn My hand against the little ones.(Keep in mind, this pertains to Christ and those who follow Him.) “It will come about in all the land,” declares the Lord, “That two parts will be cut off and perish; But the third(remnant, or the elect) will be left in it. And I will bring the third part through the fire, refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say, “They are My people,” and they will say, “The Lord is my God.” (If you really want to involve yourself with deep prophecy in regards to the testing and refinement, look into: Daniel 11:31-35)

In conclusion to the testing, we find that these trials and tribulations occur to strengthen and prepare us for what’s to come. For knowledge must increase…

And now the temptations…

Temptation comes from another side of things, so to speak. For Lucifer, also known as the Devil, uses temptation among men for various purposes. One, to accomplish the desire of his will; Two, to prove the futility of an eternal bet between the Creator and the created(I’m speaking human terms); And three, the very nature of his existence is that which produces a lie; and it is a single lie that can lead one to doubt and disbelief-the very nature of falsehood and corruption. For men, who live by the flesh, are weak in spirit; henceforth temptation cannot be easily overcome. And it is this concept that runs in accordance with human nature, for example: When a man wants and does not have, what does he do to obtain satisfaction? He steals, murders, commits adultery, dishonors mother and father, covets, and so on and so forth. Do these sound familiar? For when temptation and lust(or desire) conceive, they give birth to sin. And sin is an act against God, not man…

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but from every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”