Tag Archives: Temptation

Overcoming even in the Wilderness


Can you take a minute to read Luke 4 before going on?
Something that stood out to me today as I read in chapter four was that satan waited until Jesus was really really hungry, probably almost desperate to eat, probably feeling very weak before he started to tempt Him.
It said that Jesus had been in The wilderness for 40 days and had not eaten a thing before satan started to tempt him.
I have personally had this type of experience with the tempter, aka accuser. I have had many times where I was beaten down, at the end of my rope, overwhelmed with fear of the unknown, and just plain desperate and that is when I would get kicked the hardest. I have had many “wilderness” experiences where I felt all alone, and even sometimes separated from God. Satan loves to kick us while we are down. He loves to tempt us when we are desperately fighting, and he especially loves to tempt us with what we are desperate for.
I strongly believe we were given this example because Jesus showed us how to handle every type of temptation we would be faced with. He showed us there is NOTHING satan can throw at us that cannot be defeated by the TRUTH in the Word of God. He showed us that in order to deny satan from defeating us, we will constantly have to deny our flesh, meaning our physical needs, our pride, our need to prove God to others, any desire we have that does not line up with the plans of The Lord on our lives. He showed us that the only strategy needed to live in victory is to be in relationship with the Word, JESUS! It’s serious. He came to give us a perfect example of living a human life completely dependent on The Lord and this was His only and very specific strategy for overcoming every temptation. What an awesome example.
So how can you really apply what Jesus was teaching us? Here is something I try to do. I pray this scripture: Psalm 139:23-24
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
When I deliberately ask for this, He does reveal any offensive way in me. Often times, it would be something I would never otherwise have paid attention too. But mostly, if they would be left in the darkness to grow, it would take root and be much more painful to rip up and out. So although it is painful to see it at all, I’m grateful when it is revealed to me at just the beginning.
So next I have to make a choice to agree with God and line my heart up with His will. I have free will, so this is my responsibility. I have to choose to say, “Yes Lord, I recognize that is not from You, what are we going to do about it?” Often times, I don’t want to say that, but because I know Him, and I know He is FOR ME, I trust that He is saving me from future pain by revealing it to me. Then as I search the scriptures, He gives me truth to defeat the lie attached to the offensive way. So now that The Lord has made me aware of this thing, I’m hyper sensitive to it. I can now recognize the ploy and I have the specific strategy from The Lord, the specific scripture(s) to defeat the enemy. Together with The Lord’s help, with Jesus alive in me, I can overcome! Praise The Lord!
Lord Jesus, thank you for providing everything. Thank you for being the Truth! Teach me in your ways. Deepen my desire for holiness and continue to make me aware of every offensive thing in me. Cleanse me, purify me, make me more like you! Oh Lord, that is the deepest desire of my heart! I love you and it in in your name, Jesus, I pray. Amen!

Want what you can’t have?


 Lust – a passionate or overmastering desire or craving. 

I am currently doing a juicing fast, where I have surrendered my beloved companion, coffee, and all other food. I am only drinking water, hot tea(decaf), and juice made from fruits and vegetables. My main goal in this juice it to cleanse my body, and in doing so hopefully acquiring a taste for healthier food. Let’s just say, my first choice isn’t always a veggie. =)

With the absence of food prep and eating, I found a lot of time on my hands, much of which I’m trying to chose to spend with the Lord. It was in one of these sweet, tender times, I started thinking about lust in general.

The definition above talk about this craving and/or desire that is overmastering. I have been realizing that this applies to ANYTHING we want and we can’t have. ANYTHING we want and can’t afford. ANYTHING we want and is bad for us. ANYTHING we want which is outside of God’s will for our lives.

Thinking of food right now, I can clearly see how I have lusted after cupcakes, ice cream,and chocolate in general. I have had desires for these things often, and given into them. Here is the funny thing, once you are eating that cupcake, it tastes good, but only for a minute. The satisfaction is only temporary, however the results are permanent. My weight has continued to increase because I simply chose to give into temptation, instead of operating in self-control. 

That is simply one example. Let’s talk about others. How about extra-marital affairs? Sure, it seems like someone new is soooo much better, but it’s always like the cupcake. The satisfaction from that person will only be temporary but the consequences permanent. A similar scenario is a shopping addiction, which most of us call ‘Retail Therapy’. It may feel good in the moment, but then we have debt, or too much stuff, or not enough money to give and help others or maybe even to pay our bills. 

So, I’ve been asking the Lord why this is stirring in my spirit, and here is what I believe He wants to put fresh in our hearts. In His Word, He gives us ways to live that bring life to our souls and to others. He also shares warning as to what we need to stay far from because those thing breed death to our souls and to others. He also clearly states that in EVERY temptation He has already provided a way out. We need to remember, that for those of us in Christ, we have the Holy Spirit living in us, and one fruit of His presence in our lives is self-control. Any aspect of our lives where we need more of it, we just need to ask. His word says, if you ask according to His will, you will receive. 

If you are struggling with any of the specific areas I have mentioned above, please know I am praying specifically for you. There are many other areas where many of us deal with lust. Please please please remember, no matter how good that ‘forbidden fruit’ looks now, once you indulge your flesh you may feel some satisfaction, but the consequences will far outweigh the pleasure. It will not end well. Please choose to turn to the Lord, ask Him where He is, ask Him to deliver you. Get in His Word. Get to know Him. He has overcome this world! There is NOTHING too hard for Him. Please remember that the reason He gave us guidelines to live by is because He loves us. He is for you!

1 Corinthians 10:13

New Living Translation (NLT)

 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

Galatians 5:20-24

The Message (MSG)

 19-21It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.

   This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.

 22-23But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

 23-24Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.

Lord, I thank you for speaking to me about lust. Thank you for showing me that was my relationship to food. Thank you that when You bring things into the light, we can be set free. I ask for my friends reading this Lord, that You send Your Spirit to convict our hearts of other areas of lust we are struggling with. Lord, I sense we all have areas that are new, and we are toying with fresh thoughts of something, it isn’t consuming us yet, its small. I ask that you bring those seemingly small things into the light before they have a chance to take root and become a stronghold. Lord, I know Your desire is for us to be set free, I ask according to that, Lord, set us free! We love you Lord, praise You, and give you ALL glory and honor! It is in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!