Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. (Jas. 1:13-16)

Nobody is above temptation. It is necessary to pray because unintended incidents and consequences are facts of life; life is full of uncertainties. When it comes to temptation, irrespective of status, position or person: all is vulnerable. But with faith in Jesus Christ who is above any temptation in life, He will help anyone to overcome the temptation.

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” (1Cor.10:13).

Temptation is not a new phenomenon, it started from the first Adam to the second Adam (Jesus) and all the generations that lived after them. Many noted men of God; honorable men in our societies; knowledgeable and wise in our communities; and leaders of nearly all the world’s people, had fallen into temptation and they are still falling today.

Temptation may come for the reason of Discipline, judgment or rebuke from God to correct an erred person; or the temptation which is direct attack from satan to cause man to do that which is wrong, thus turning him against his God. Either of the two can result to test, trial, persecution or suffering to equip a child of God (who recognizes the danger) with strength, confidence, boldness and power through faith to overcome challenges of life. Or, if anyone falls into temptation, it can lead to a worse situation, even to death.

Therefore, when a child of God falls into temptation, if it does not lead to sin, it should be an avenue for correction to be stronger in the Lord and viewed the situation as a way to move forward, higher and better. Moreover, it should be seen as a way to build a strong man out of you and to bring you nearer to God. To be tempted is not sin, but to fall for temptation is a sin. Hence, our “Lord’s prayer”, “lead us not into temptation”. This prayer is very essential; it should form part of our daily prayer. Nobody is above temptation.

Beware, all is vulnerable.

By Lawrence Abitogun

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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