October 14, 2017

Positioned for Temptation

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 14, 2017

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful.  2 Samuel 11:2

The allure of temptation has a lot to do with proximity. If we position ourselves to be tempted, there is a high probability we will drift toward its deception. It is unwise to be out of position and enjoy the cheap thrill of temptation. This is why we do not position our eyes in ways that lead to wayward behavior. Our eyes can be sentinels for our Savior, or they can be seducers of Satan. We have the choice, but God has given us His Holy Spirit to check our wrong positioning.

Beautiful people are easy on the eyes but they are not meant to mesmerize us into wrong thinking and, eventually, bad behavior. Temptation’s immediate gratification seems harmless, but once it has us in a vulnerable position, it pushes for more ground until it captures our heart. If we discover ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, we are at high risk for temptation.

However, wise Christians position themselves to faithfully follow Christ. Following the Lord does not free us from temptation, but He empowers us to flee when we encounter its pull. Following God is not always fun, but it is fruitful, as He keeps us from caving into our covetous and carnal cravings. We properly position ourselves toward God and away from temptation by prayer. It purges pride and our tendency to take temptation lightly.

It is also wise to position ourselves under the accountability of people. We cannot stand up to the seduction of temptation if we are secluded. Left to ourselves, we flirt with the fun that temptation offers at the outset, then get stung by its humiliation and hurt. We have all discovered that we do better when those around us remind us of the obvious. Temptation loves for us to ignore warnings and become obsessed with the foolishness of our own isolated thinking. Positioning ourselves away from authenticity with others is a recipe for disaster. We all do much better when others are watching us.

Therefore, you position yourself wisely when you use power for people, instead of using people for power. Persons are meant to be blessed, not abused by power. So, use your influence for the sole benefit of others, while trusting that God will meet your needs.

Otherwise, you are tempted to leverage others for yourself. You run ‘through relationships, and discard them like an old t-shirt. People become expedient for your own selfish desires, and your temptation to live for the moment becomes master. Therefore, stay positioned to serve others and fear God. Selfless love positions you away from the grasp of temptation’s talons. Above all else, do not depend on yourself alone. Discipline deteriorates without the forging fires of the Holy Spirit. With His wisdom and by His grace, avoid temptation’s invitation.

The Bible says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it”   (1Corinthians 10:13, KJV).

Prayer

Heavenly Father, lead me away from temptation into Your trusting arms, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Application

Who or what secretly tempts me that I need to tell someone about?

Related Reading

Genesis 39:6-13; Matthew 6:13; Mark 14:38; 1 Thessalonians 3:5 Today’s reading is taken from Boyd’s most popular book: Seeking Daily the Heart of God, a 365 day devotional.

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Comments

  1. Deborah Gaskins says:

    1st Corinthians 10:13 help delivering me from compulsive overeating and negative attitudes I believe Jesus is interested in delivering us from our carnal nature and he gives us a way of escape and I’m so grateful

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Deborah,
      Thank you so much for sharing your story and testimony to God’s faithfulness in helping you avoid and be delivered from your temptations. You are proof positive that He helps us when we include Him in our efforts to make a better life. I think your comments were meant for many to hear and be encouraged by.
      Boyd states in “Positioned for Temptation”, “However, wise Christians position themselves to faithfully follow Christ. Following the Lord does not free up from temptation, but He empowers us to flee when we encounter its pull.” Deborah, that is exactly what you do when you cling to 1 Corinthians 10:13!
      So thankful for you.
      Gwynne
      P.S. I love your email address- it says it all, right?

      “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur on another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some as in the habit of doing, but let us encourage each other – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:23-25


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