Temptation (3)

“For my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:9

You ask, “How long will this temptation last?” Sometimes the enemy’s attack is short-term, other times long term. Paul had a “thorn” in his flesh, one that wouldn’t go away. Why did he have it? Pride! Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.”(vv 7). Paul spoke 5 languages and wrote half the New Testament. With credentials like that it’s easy to become arrogant. Finally he stopped praying for an exit strategy and began to understand God’s purpose: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”(vv9). 

Pride is one of the most neglected subjects in church today. Perhaps that’s due to the fact that we receive our teaching from people who struggle with it themselves. Pride doesn’t necessarily show on your face, but when you’re under pressure it surfaces in your actions and attitudes. Pride originated with Satan: “I will make myself like the Most High”(Isa 14:14) 

dependence on God Often the core of atheism is pride; a person with no God, plays God. Satan used this strategy in Eden. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God”(Gen 3:5). That’s why Paul told the Philippians, “Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus, Who, being in very nature God.. rather, he made himself nothing. by taking the very nature of a servant…therefore God exalted him to the highest place” (Php 2:5-9) The key to overcoming temptation is submitting to God and living in daily dependence on Him. 

 


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