Seasonal Temptation

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Temptation can come on a daily basis and unexpectedly. Satan is the source of temptation and temptation itself begins in the mind. A thought can be out in your mind by the enemy and what’s he’s trying to do is coax you into disobeying God.

When God delivers you from a sinful habit the enemy will return every so often to test you and try and enslave you in the same sin Jesus set you free from. That is seasonal temptation. The goal of the enemy is put believers back into bondage.

Many believers sometimes feel like failures because they’ve given into temptation and it’s become a vicious cycle for them. They feel like they’ve let God down too many times and they should just give up. Don’t beat yourselves up. If you have the attention of the enemy, you have the attention of God.

Don’t feel defeated by temptation. It only means you are striving to live a life for God. In Philippians 3:12-14 Paul takes about having a healthy dissatisfaction with himself. Even though he is a mature christian he knows it’s not an easy road, but he also refuses to let his past or the mistakes of his future defeat him. When you mess up don’t stop trying to achieve the plan God has set in your heart. Press and on and pray that you will overcome future temptation.

Every person is subject to season’s of temptation. The question is are you going to resist or give in.

When lust is conceived it bringeth forth sin and sin bringeth forth death.

James 1:15

Notice in James it says when lust is “conceived”. One of the definitions of “conceive” is to form or devise a plan or idea in the mind. Meaning that temptation begins in your mind and when you go through with the sin it will result in death. An evil thought is powerless in the spirit realm as long as it stays there. Satan can through fiery darts to your mind all he wants. Only we can cast down these thoughts by the Word of God. It’s the only way to have victory in this area.

We overcome Satan by the Word of God. Scripture promises authority to us in his name to trample the enemy, but according to the book of Job there are seasons when God allows testing.

Why would God allow testing?

It’s always for our good. When we withstand temptation we receive the crown of life that God has promised us. (James 1:12)

As long as you live, the enemy will use what you see and what you do against you. In James chapter 1 verse 14 it days when we are tempted we are dragged away by our own evil desires.

God tells us that we should consider it pure joy when we face trials, because he knows it will make us stronger. It builds our faith and trust in him.

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

2 Corinthians 2:11

Don’t let the enemy get a foothold over you by the ungodly friends in your life, the movies you watch, and the music you listen to. If you tell yourself that those things have no influence over you and your life, that’s being ignorant and therefore giving the enemy a right to attack you and tempt you.

James goes on to say that we should get rid of moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. (James 1:21)

Seasons will come and go. Our circumstances will change frequently. We must stand on the one thing that will never be changed or shaken. We need to stand on God’s Word!

In part 3, which is the last message in this series, I will list how to overcome seasonal temptation.

Why Do We Have Seasons?

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What do you think when the leaves begin to change? The rich colors of red and yellowish gold form.

Summer is gone and Fall is beginning. The seasons have changed. We can quickly recognize this change in the air and in the colors.

How much easier would it be if we could recognize the seasons in our life changing? If we could feel a cool breeze coming to tell us that a season of blessings and plenty was coming. How helpful would it be to feel the heat getting warmer and thicker to warn us of a hard time coming so that we may prepare ourselves. These seasons come very frequently in blessings and sometimes terrible trials.

Thankfully God tells us what to expect and what to do when these seasons of testing come and how to endure through each one. What you can learn from the season you’re in, and why it’s happening.

Why do we have seasons? What is God trying to teach us?

TO TEACH US TO BE FAITHFUL.

Jesus rebuked Peter for his little faith. Jesus walked on water; Peter tried and failed.

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” –Matthew 14:22-31

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. –Galatians 6:9

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. –Acts 1:7

I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” –Luke 18:8

SEASONS MAY CONSUME US, BUT HIS MERCY IS NEW EVERY MORNING.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” –Lamentations 3:22-24

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” –Matthew 11:28

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. –1 Peter 5:7

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. –2 Corinthians 12:9

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. –Psalm 32:7-8

HE WANTS US TO DEPEND ON HIM, EVEN IN SEASONS OF TESTING

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. –Psalm 1:3

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit be prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing… –John 15:1-27

When the season came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. –Mark 12:2

HE WANTS US TO TRUST HIM.

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. –1 Thessalonians 5:1

For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone, The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away. –Song of Solomon 2:11-13

Seasons come and go, but God’s word stands forever. Our faith produces fruit and pleases God when we trust in his greater plan. Even through testing and temptation, God will give you everything you need to endure, stand firm and conquer.

In part 2 of this series I will go into seasonal temptation. What it is and what God’s word says about it. God bless!