“There Exist Many
Petrifying Things And Temptation Is One Naturally!
I ask you now dear friend how do you handle
T.E.M.P.T.A.T.I.O.N in life?
Ramesh C. Reddy
“At once the Spirit sent him out into the
desert, and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He
was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.” (Mark 1:12-13, NIV)
I asked myself in whose
COMPANY Jesus was according to v.12?
3. Wild Animals
I asked myself what role
each played and the significance?
Satan tempted Jesus in the desert while Jesus
was there for forty days. The content of the temptation is not revealed
in this Gospel but we know Jesus was tempted after being encouraged and
supported. Looking at the temptations they address different
dimensions of humanity. The three specific temptations Jesus was put
through can be found in Luke 4:1-13
and Matthew 4:1-11.
Implications:I asked myself what are the implications
for my own life here?
Just as Jesus was tempted by Satan, I too will be
tempted by Satan. I cannot escape temptation but the question is how
will I endure through the temptation. Will it be by giving in to the
temptation thinking, 'Woe is me, I am a sinner and it is human nature to
sin' or will I focus on God's Word to help me endure through the
temptations faced just as Jesus did. No matter what the temptation, I
can use the Word of God for every temptation faced just as Jesus did in
Luke 4:1-13, Matthew 4:1-11,
1 Corinthians 10:13.
Dear friend, the way you handle temptation
will say a lot about your own growth in the Lord. Temptation can
only be handled two ways but only one way is the right way. When
temptation is handled by giving in, we have given in to Satan and he
has won that round because we lost the battle with temptation.
But, when we hold on to God's Word and
use God's Word when we are tempted to do wrong whether it is holding
a grudge against someone, having an unforgiving spirit and
bitterness towards someone, speaking a careless word that cannot be
taken back, engaging in physical or emotional sexual sin, etc, Satan cannot stand the presence of God's Word being
used as a weapon to fight the war on temptation. His Word is the
Sword of the Spirit for you and me.
I have been tempted so many times in so many
areas and have not always come through because I relied on self and the
flesh but Jesus Christ came through the temptation because He relied on
the Scriptures. You and I
can overcome temptation too by using the biblical principles Jesus used.
have to focus on the Lord and allow Him to work in your life. God’s
Word, prayer, and a community of believers who are loving but not
judgmental can help you go a long way. Look at the way Jesus handled
temptation using Scripture in Luke
You can too!
What is exciting to know is that Jesus
said, 'I AM the Light of the world, if
you follow me, you won't be stumbling through the darkness but
Living Light will flood your path!' (John 8:12)
When Living Light floods
our path, it will be because we are following the Light of the
world. In the process, though temptation to do wrong comes, Jesus
will turn on the electricity to electrocute the temptation to death
and give us the Light to follow. Jesus promises that the
Light shines in the darkness and the darkness
cannot extinguish it. (John 1)
So even when Satan puts
thoughts in our mind and heart such as
You must have this or that right away!
There is no point in waiting when it is at
What does God know; He does not want you to
No one is watching.
Go ahead this one time.
You will like it; try it.
Blame the other person and exonerate yourself
You have to fight it
using the Word of God as Jesus did. Jesus set an example for us to
follow when He was tempted in the wilderness for 40 days. Yet, Jesus
did not give in. Help us Jesus.
All temptation starts with a thought process put
in our mind by Satan. When that thought process is rehearsed over and
over with false and deceptive rationalizations, they are acted upon and
become actions. Once an action is done then Satan will not use those
same reasons above but now becomes your accuser and puts thoughts such as
these in your mind:
God does not love you after what you have
You are no Christian because of what you
These are only some of the ways that Satan
accuses. You see friend, when Satan entices people to let them give into
temptations, he paints a rosy picture but in reality you do not get the
rosy picture but the thorn picture of pain, shame, and hurt.
There is Good News however, friend and the
victory is the Lord’s. Just as Jesus overcame temptation, we can too by
following biblical principles. When Satan tempts you, you can resist him
by quoting Scripture to him and commanding him to leave you alone.
For the Word of God says, "Resist the
devil and he will flee from you!" (James 4)
This means don't dwell on the
temptation. I know of those who have been struggling with
pornography. I tell them that they have to choose to stop at any
step and replace it with God's Word without giving in.
example, a person who is tempted to watch pornography on a
smartphone or computer has to take these steps:
1. Swiping to
unlock the phone. (Don't have to unlock it that moment)
Tapping the internet browser app (Don't have to tap browser that
3. If browser is on, still have to type URL or words
(Don't have to type URL or words)
Instead, they can type in
Bible Gateway and read the Bible everytime they are tempted to look
at pornography and turn to the Lord in prayer. It is a choice to
make. Have an accountability partner.
For example, if a boyfriend and
girlfriend are tempted to sleep together without being married, this
is the counsel I give them:
1. They have to be alone. (Don't be
2. They have to take off their clothes if choose to be
There is always a way out. It is a
choice that has to be made. Whatever the temptation is, we need the
right people in our lives to hold us accountable before the Lord.
When I used to meet with Pastor
discipleship, I can still remember that they were never judgemental
towards me but compassionate and convicting. Both
of them pointed me to God's Word and I need to seek God's Word daily
to overcome different areas of temptation in my life. I am blessed
now to be able to meet with
Pastor Josh weekly to hold me
accountable in different areas of my life. After the meeting even
though I have to process things, I usually feel good in a convicting
way rather than feel bad in a condemning way. Thank you Jesus! We
all need those type of people in our lives to help us overcome
temptation to do wrong.
I remember when I was so discontent
about different things in my life and gave into the temptations, the
Lord Jesus used Edwin to go through an entire book with me called,
'Lord change my attitude before it is too late!' It helped me so
much to the point I used to write 5 things I am thankful to the Lord
each day. Pastor Hugo would go over the book 'Making of a Leader'
with me which made me see how wrong I was in different areas. I
still struggle and given in but need to trust in the Lord. Now, I
get to meet with Pastor Josh and talk about what's happening in my
life. Thank you Jesus!
There will be times we still give in because of
our flesh. In those situations, forgiveness is available at the cross
and you can move on. Jesus loves you so much even when you mess up. He
wants to help you and you can come to Him as you are. Let Him guide you
and lead you. Yes, friend, He wants to help you! Experience the power of
His love !!!
To do that, you need to acknowledge what a sinner you are and in need
of a Savior. Yes, friend we all need a Savior and only Christ is the
perfect Lamb of God who had no sin but became sin for us that we may
attain the righteousness of God.
Jesus went through all kinds of temptation and yet did not sin. So,
Jesus can understand what we go through. To fight Satan and his
temptations, we need the Lord Jesus Christ's power in our own lives to
be victorious. The Victory is the Lord's and we have just begun to
fight. But the victory started at the cross of Calvary for us.
If Jesus did not die for our sins shedding His precious cleansing
blood, was not buried, and did not come back to life to save us, then we
all would still be lost but Jesus did die for our sins shedding His
precious cleansing blood, was buried, and came back to life to save all
those that would turn to Him.
It is turning to Jesus always that helps us endure through the
temptations. It starts with walking and talking with Jesus making Him
central to our lives and using His instruction manual which is the Word
of God to fight and endure all kinds of temptation.
I know God's Word helps me tremendously letting me know that I am
saved by grace through faith and not of any works that I can boast. I
know Jesus invited me to be His very own when He paid the ultimate cost
on the cross of Calvary for my redemption. Friend, Jesus did the same
It is exciting to know whatever temptation comes our way, we have
Jesus in our lives to help us endure temptation when we turn to Him
making Him our Lord and personal Savior of our lives.
I have done that friend, won't you?
I want to share with you a poem, the Lord Jesus
helped me to write years ago when I was counseling broken hears with the
love of Christ. It is called ‘Enduring Temptation’ and was
written to help a lot of people.
This one goes with the Scriptures from Romans
By Ramesh C. Reddy
Giving into temptation
making you feel so low?
There seems nowhere to go,
Making your life a tremendous blow
Causing you to be full of woe?
Devil's temptation has become your foe?
There ain't no escape you think you know?
Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
Though temptation is very strong
It wont last very long.
Cause Jesus, our Savior is the
Way! (John 14:6)
us sinners, he did the price pay. (1 Cor 6:20)
as we turn to Him and pray, (Matt 26:41)
He will help us overcome Satan each day!
(1 John 4:4)
Now Satan's temptation's tremble and cant stay! (James
So you see how it goes.
With Jesus we can overcome our foes!
When we are tempted,
He will let us be exempted
committing what was attempted! (Heb 2:18)
He is the Light!
Will make us do what is right.
By His blood we have been made white!
(1 John 1:7)
With the Lord, the devil we can fight!
So with Jesus please walk!
So with you He can talk!
And be our mighty Rock!
He wants to open our hearts lock!
Our heart Jesus knocks with a big knock!
"There Exist Many Petrifying Things And Temptation Is One Naturally!" (T.E.M.P.T.A.T.I.O.N)/"How do you handle
T.E.M.P.T.A.T.I.O.N in life?"
Lord Jesus, I love you so much. Thank you Lord you love me more than
words can say. Lord Jesus as you already know, I keep getting tempted by
Satan and many times fail to do what is right. This makes me feel so low
because I have gone my own way. Please Lord I ask you to forgive me when
I get tempted and do the wrong. On my own I know Lord that I will keep
committing the same mistakes which you know I hate and cannot help it. I
humble myself before you Lord. I realize I am a sinner and accept my
peril before you and yield my life to you. Help me please Lord to follow
your ways. You are my hiding place oh Lord from every storm of life. I trust you completely. You
keep me from stumbling, thank you Lord. Thank you Jesus you are my Light
and my Salvation. You will let me overcome any temptation I am facing.
Thank you Lord you know how temptation is because you experienced it in
the wilderness when Satan tempted you many times. Yet, you did not give
in. Thank you for being able to relate with us when we are tempted. We
turn to you for help. Thank you Jesus for making us white as freshly
fallen snow. I invite you into my heart. IN YOUR NAME I PRAY JESUS,
prayer below or use your own words to invite Jesus Christ into your
life and have a personal relationship with Him. Now is the time of
Salvation. Don't wait.
Dear Jesus, I read that you alone can give me access to Heaven and
be delivered from the bondage of sin and death. I want that Lord. I
believe you died on the cross for my sin and rose again to give me
new life. I believe your Blood shed on the cross saves me when I
turn to you. So I turn to you now with all that I am and ask you to
make something of my life for you. Please be my Lord and Personal
Savior. Please come into my heart and make my heart your home. Thank
you Jesus. Thank you for hearing my prayer and answering me. Thank
you for delivering me from my sin as I am sorry. I love you Jesus. I
need you. Help me Jesus! In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!
No matter what you feel in your heart, know that Jesus has come in
and resides with you! You are not alone! To make your walk strong with
the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him as you would to a friend.
You don’t need special words to talk to the Lord. Spend time in His Word
reading Psalms and turning them into prayer. Next allow God to heal you
and speak to you through the Gospel of John or Gospel of Mark before
moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord show you to
which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be
part of a body of believers to help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible
believing church that preaches the Word of God from Genesis to
Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord who
brings us hope, healing, and help!
May the Lord's presence and peace fill you with His love now and
Friend, if you have prayed this prayer and meant it in your heart, you
are a new creation in Christ and all old things are passed away and
everything has become new! You may feel something or may not but don’t
base it on feelings but base your new life in Christ on the promises of
our Savior who will never leave you nor forsake you! Amen!
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