Looking Inward & Outward with the goggle of Faith- part 126

1. The litmus test behind the trials and temptations that come the way of those who have profited with the faith of the Son or who are being introduced to everlasting life, is to prove their ability not to be offended – or to still trust the Father when His seeming inaction to their plight doesn’t go down well with them. Like Job, those who pass such test end up breaking the backbone of evil spirits. Their faith would be found worthy of praise, honor and; ultimately, of glory. (Job 13:15, Matt. 11:2-6, 1Pet. 1:7)

2. Temptations that we can bear or endure, are snares set by the tempter (the devil) but approved by the Lord because we have heard some knowledge of truth or eaten and drank of spiritual things that should see us overcome some known and unknown lusts; and then fetch new measures of life that resides either in Christ, or in the Father, or in God (1Cor. 10:1-13, Jam. 1:14-15, Col. 2:2)

3. The devil can’t fulfill the reason why he was left behind after Jesus overcame him if he won’t be allowed to use either this world or wicked men (transgressors and betrayers) to tempt us at certain seasons where and when heaven wants to certify our sonship in the faith or in everlasting life. Victory over these classes of temptations would establish us in the new and everlasting covenant that resides in Christ and in the Father (Phil. 1:28, Acts 26:18, Heb. 13:20)

4. As long as we haven’t acknowledged or understood every truth that is after godliness, we are prone to walk into temptations that are supervised by principalities, powers and rulers of the darkness of this world. But when we do so as we ought, we would come into seasons where acknowledging the truth that borders on everlasting life would become the next new adventure that would help us escape being hurt by spiritually wicked spirits – and by Satan himself. (Tit. 1:2, 1Pet. 5:8-9, Rev. 2:8-11)

5. Temptations are experiences the devil brings our way to cause us to stumble. The Lord permits them to try or further purify our faith, and to bring us back to living on our knees – especially after we have escaped doing so for a while. (Job 1:6-12, Jon. 2:1-7, Dan. 6:7-11)

6. What we mostly see when tempted is the unfavorable side of the coin. The favorable side of that same coin is the reason God permitted that trial that should cause our faith to become more precious. So, the actual warfare in every temptation is primarily targeted against our eyes (Jas. 1:2-4, 1Pet. 1:7, 2Cor. 4:17-18)

7. Some temptations are avenues to walk in unconditional love towards an unworthy looking person or “vessel” in ways that should see us become a vessel of mercy in the hands of the LORD. So, by daring to bless and love those through whom the devil manifests himself or nature, we actually wrestle and overcome evil or wicked spirits that used such men to get at us. (Luke 6:35-36, Matt. 5:7, Eph. 6:12)

8. There is no temptation we can face that is bigger than what is written concerning it, or that is as powerful as the commandment meant to supervise it. The real face behind every temptation is not the human vessels in question-but the devil, and the wisest response we can give is to ensure we patiently endure every pain and embarrassment that accompanies it; in ways that would deplete some worldly goods and wisdom from our soul. (Matt. 4:1-11, Luke 21:19, 2 Tim. 3:15-17)

9. As long as a believer can hear the word of righteousness to a place where he commits the rest of his life to it; he will come under the radar of temptation or the “hate-list” of the devil. He is at the mercy of watching and praying always, so he can know what hour the devil will show up through unreasonable men or worldly believers; especially through those who have the look of a sheep or a form of godliness, but who; inwardly, are wolves. (John 15:18-19, 1 Pet. 5:8-9, Acts 20:29-31a, Matt. 7:15)

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