Saturday, August 13, 2005

Temptation Investigation: Summarization

This post is the last post of a multi-post series. It is best if you read the posts in order. Click here to view the first post.

Let's face it, we all struggle with temptation; it's a part of the world we live in. In this temptation investigation we've been able to dig deep and figure out what exactly temptation is. We've all learned that our flesh is weak, God doesn't send temptation our way, location is important with temptation, and the techniques of temptation evasion; but what is the bottom line? Why do we have temptation and what is its purpose in our lives?

Temptation, like any trial we go through, is a measurement of our dedication to God. The times when we find ourselves in temptation situations should not be looked at as a complete waste of our time. When we overcome a temptation situation, we have become more mature in our walk with Christ! Any trial that we go through should be considered a blessing:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)
It is my hope that this temptation investigation has prepared you for the temptation situations in your life. When you find yourself in temptation's midst, remember the techniques of temptation evasion and remain certain that God is always there for you. For it is written that those who persevere under trial will receive the crown of life that God has promised to the ones who love Him (James 1:12).

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