What’s waiting on the other side of Temptation?

     My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing (James 1:1-4)

  Every Christian believer goes through this in their lives. And at different times the level of the temptation is greater or lesser. But why? Why aren’t all temptation trials weighted the same? Why is that man so strong against sleeping with the hooker on the corner but on this day he still ends up sweeting trying to stop from fulfilling his lust for porn? Or why does that woman so easily stay faithful to her husband against every man that has approached her in clubs but yet on this day can’t find the strength to stay away from her co-worker or x boyfriend? We can put into place tons of different things not just lust because temptation is more than just lust but its still the same question. Why does the level of intensity change? 

The simplest reason and most common to see is the clear temptation. The one where the door has the picture on it , words spelled out, warning signs glowing in neon. You know exactly what it is. You know exactly why you showed up and why you are opening the door. You have no remorse about it and it’s most commonly seen in teens that are ruled by their hormones. While these types of temptations are real they don’t hold much rewards if one doesn’t open the door in that situation. In fact most of the time it can “seem” they only hold rewards by giving in to them. That’s because this temptation was created by that person almost solely. They sought after it, worked out the plan, and basically already planned for how they are going to do it again long before they have completed the first. These temptations hold very little rewards because they don’t require much, if not any temptation. So there is no trying of your faith to gain any rewards from. Basically they are the architect of their own trials. 

The second example is based largely on one’s situation. What if today is the day when that 6 month sober alcoholic lost his mother, the same day where that husband and wife fought about the same issue they have for 5th time, or simply the 15th time you have said no to something you don’t need and each time you do it takes a piece of you and now you have very little strength left?  This is how it works. This is the environment clause that sets up trials. These types of temptations are normally the hardest to spot. Because instead of the temptation waiting in front of the door, it’s behind the door unseen until you open it. To you this is like any other day. For you, you have no idea that this is going to be the day where everything you think of is based on that temptation you have fought so hard to keep in check. Every song, Tv show, dream, phone call and or text message leads you to this great door. You don’t have to plan it out, it just happens. And for some reason it stronger, stronger than its ever been. The same temptation a year ago you defeated but it’s back stronger than ever. Why? Because it has been strengthened by the environment it has placed itself in. Why do you think temptation is less during church hours than in any other. Not saying it goes away but you are stronger during those hours or on that day. But the moment the environment or situation changes the door becomes more visible. This is where you know that the rewards will be greater if you overcome. The intensity of the temptation hints to the rewards that are waiting. But if you fall, it also has an equal amount of consequences as well. Basically the size of the door represent both the size of the rewards and consequences alike. They both reside in a equally sized rooms waiting behind two separate doors. 

The last thing you have to remember during trails or temptation is your role. As humans we place ourselves as a separate thing from the door of temptation. In most cases we would be right. But sometimes the scariest thing is to understand that you may be that very door. You instead of being tempted are the door tempting others. Not just in lust but in anger, in jealousy and many other things. We are quick to place the blame on the trial or temptation but we must be careful to examine ourselves to make sure we aren’t manifestation of the door tempting others. Deep inside we look at Satan and blame him but sometimes we do his work for him and we actually put on his mask to become the tempter for another. That’s a scary thought and one that most don’t like to accept but it’s true. In fact if you look back on your life I’m willing to bet you have served as the door for another, we all have at one time or another if we are honest with ourselves. 

So what do we do? The first thing is to assess the situation you are in. Identity the type of temptation you are going through. Remind yourself of what is waiting for you if you defeat this. Don’t let the joys of given in be the only thing ruling your mind. And most importantly identify what role you play in it. Your role can prevent you from successful defeating the temptation. If you go in thinking you are merely the contestant you can easily loose. Sometimes you have to understand when you are the door and take responsibility for being that to other. This way your approach would be different and you have a better chance at not just helping yourself but helping another. Most importantly, don’t let one moment define your self worth. Know that rewards can come at different times, so can punishements. But it all still works together to help make you a better, stronger person. None of us are perfect but that doesn’t mean we can’t fight to be.  

Cain punishment was not placed on all(Another assumption removed)

GEN 4:9-12 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.”

We have read this passage before. The famous “Am I my brothers keeper?” Story. In man’s race to seem wise among others we have developed theories about many things in the Bible. Some of these theories have been pushed for so long that people forget why they believe such things other than the fact that this is what pastor said or what  my dad or mother told them. But just as the Bible says, reasoning with scripture and thought is always a needed thing. If we don’t, something like a camel walking through an eye of the needle becomes a threading needle in today’s society, making it impossible when in fact the eye of the needle ( to pillar post in the city entrance) only made traveling through city passages harder if you chose to keep your items on the camel instead of taking them off. It never made it an impossible task. You just had to take your time and be careful upon doing it. So it is with this story and assumption. For years many have been told that this story of the first murder informs us that Cane’s punishment was passed to all men just like Adam’s fall. Well this is false! Despite popular views Cane’s punishment was for him and him alone. How do I know this because of three important facts. One, Adam’s fall was tied to all of man only because all men came from his blood line. This is big! Cane is tied only with his family, not all of mankind(remember Seth and the other children Adam fathered)I could stop right here and this would close the case down now but I will proceed. Adam was also perfect, Cane was not. Cane had a sin nature basically. Cane was just like any other man at that time, judged on his own merit. The second fact was that the punishment on the ground and its production of food was already given upon man through Adam.

Gen 3:17-18 You shall not eat of it,’cursed is the ground because of you;in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;

So this tells me that Cane received a even worst curse to the ground and produce attempts he put forth. And lastly we know this punishment was only to Cane because of the result. God marked Cane because of this curse to keep him safe from judgement. This mark and his curse was one and therefore it showed that it was unique to him. If it had passed to his family they too would have had to be mark for just being his bloodline and apart of the curse if it was truly passed to all his bloodline or even more so with all men. None of his family recieved such marks and therefore shows only Cane was effected by this special curse placed on him. 

I know it sounds really good to come up with tie ends to help preach and or teach our children but when we tie in things that aren’t there this can leave the door open for Satan to get others to walk away from Christianity. It can also lead to assumption that mislead wrongful thoughts that may not lead to distruction right away but can do so later based on a false foundation. I think we all need to understand that embellishment is not needed in the gospel, no matter how good it makes others feel. What seems right to us could be a path away from Yahweh. 

The Badge that needs to be recalled. 

“God is still working on me”. Ever heard of this? I’m sure you have. It’s become the Badge of honor for all Christians to put on whenever they need a excuse to sin or a way to feel better about the sin they just committed. I think it’s time for us as Christians to take full responsibility for our actions when they don’t represent our Walk in Christ.  Sin mistakes are made by everyone but this doesn’t mean we should ever seek for a way to make ourselves feel better about those sins. Using this badge is just another way of saying “so what, God will forgive me”. I don’t know about you but I don’t ever want to be OK with sinning. I want it to always eat me up inside until I find a way to destroy the act from my life so I never repeat it. If we struggle with a sin June 28 1999, by the time June 28 2017 hits, these sins should not still be there or at the very least not in the same matter they were or worse. We should be better followers of Christ each day we wake. Does this mean we are perfect? No, of course not, not while we live in three flesh. But we should be led by the Holy spirit and our spirit much more than our flesh. Cliche words like “God is still working on me” only helps people be more comfortable with their sins and where they are in their Christ walk(stuck or backsliding). It doesn’t make them own up their sins, it doesn’t convict, and surely doesn’t help witness to others. If I’m a sinner watching a so called saved follower of Christ sin and excuse that sin with a Cliche remark like God is still working on me”, it wouldn’t move me one inch to ask and or seek out the God of that person. I could just stay right where I’m at because obviously their God doesn’t require anything more from me than he does that person. This image should never be reflected from God’s people. Seek forgiveness not excuses!

What god is getting your praise ?

Walking for God isn’t a easy thing in this world. It’s takes dedication, learning from mistakes, studying, and a mature attitude about the reality of your actions and this world. All of us fall to sin in one way or another at times but this should not be our default  level that we praise to be at nor should it be an accepted level for you because so many others are there on that level. We already know that when compared to the world and sinners the bible makes it clear we are out numbered. There will be far more people that don’t make it compared to those who do. So just because everyone is accepting sin in numbers doesn’t make it the path of Christians. Should you unfairly judge others? Never but

remember judging someone is telling a person where their final destination will be or sentence someone to that destination based on who they are that day

To tell a person that their actions are wrong according to scripture isn’t judging. And I think most people have forgotten this. This is something falsely pushed by preachers who have been caught doing things they preached were wrong and pushed by church goers or “attendees” who don’t like being reminded that they have to change and walk a different path when they step inside the doors of the church simply because they like the music. If it’s in the scripture as a sin then the scripture convicts you. A person showing this to you can’t judge you but it is their duty to spread the gospel, the full gospel, not just the”Jesus loves you” part.

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So that brings me to my point. In media and tv we have a popular thing that happens. Praise of a god for an ability of the person speaking. Case in point, above is a picture of the “chruch xxx, or The porn stars church. That’s right porn stars have created their own church. Praising Jesus for their ability to sin and to continue their sin. One women praised God in a radio station for setting the record for the most guys at one time she had sex with. The woman was so damaged they had to pack her with ice and take her to the hospital. But she thank a god and a someone named jesus for this ability.

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Next up is the sports of brutality. Everything from boxing to UFC. The quote is the same. They Thanked a god for the ability to hurt another of God’s children. Why would God give you blessings to hurt another of his children? How does he get praise into this? He doesn’t. The world as a whole and even Christ followers have fooled themselves into accepting this and can walk right into church after praising another man’s brutal damage and brain damaged knockout, accept the victor’s celebration and confession about the god that helped him do this and praise God without one thought of wrong doing. We make these people our hero’s without thought.

We praise them for their actions in ring and yet are shocked about school fights on tv and claim those kids as ignorant beings and thugs.

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Lastly the biggest platform, music. It’s the most influential of all probably. The music we and our kids listen to and the artist that create them. I can’t tell you how many times artist take to the stage and praise a god for their ability to make filth. Black women and even men claiming to be leaders and pioneers look like this …

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And you wonder why we have lost all biblical morals and ability to even recognize a Christian vs The World. Yet each of these people will claim to love and praise a god for their abilities to dress, act, and speak in manners reflecting the images above. What has happened? Today, unless you are like or approve of people like this you are the one wrong. If you bring this to Christians who likes this, you are accused of judging them so that they feel better about themselves. But deep inside they know and choose to ignore scripture that warn how a follower of the One true God are suppose to dress and act and none of these images reflect anything close to what is said in the scripture. But it will be ignored or justified because they need to sleep better at night.

All of us have things that we can be better at and that we need to work on. But if the thing that we need to be better at is praised and accepted by us we will not change because it’s accepted by others, even praised.

We need to make hero’s out of true leaders who are Christ first, not just because of the color of their skin, not because they fought in wars, made a song, or played a sport. We need Holy people directed by the Spirit of God to lead us back to a holy life separate from this world’s view of right and wrong.

There is no other identity needed, Only Christ.

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Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Col 3:11

Have you ever had someone or should I say some denomination tell you that it’s them only that God leads or uses. Most have. Jehovah Witnesses, Catholics, Church of Christ and many other denominations either have hinted to this or flat out claimed it. It is said that a good way to tell if a denomination is a cult is to see if they believe this. While I don’t buy solely into that thought because I see forms of it in just about all major denominations, there is concern over this thought none the less. Maybe not as far as being cult like but there is a sort of brain washing that takes place in every denomination that feels that being identified as a Christ follower and doer of the word isn’t enough unless they belong to their group. They push that a membership to their particular chruch or organization is now somehow added to God’s requirements of salvation. Last time I checked the scriptures were completed after Revelations and there is no book that tells us that we need any other Identity but Christ for salvation. I have friends that are apart of many different denominations that share this concept of being apart of a “Members Only” thought corruption. They actually push and preach lies that unless you are apart of their group you aren’t saved. The funniest thing is that none of these people are any better of a person that the next. They still have the same flaws, same anger, same sins, same pride, and same ugliness that is found in all other flawed people. On the surface they walk like they’re holy and they preach holy, but yet at the end of the day there is no evidence God is more active in their life than the ones they point fingers at from inside their buildings. I use to think that preachers or certain denominations were more holy acting than others. I guess I was right in a way because any person can “ACT” holy in front of other people. But the more you keep hanging around those people and these people face things that allow the real person to show, you see them for who they are. A regular human being capable of all the sins any other person does. Their group, church, or organization are led by the people of like mistakes and sins. They have flaws and aren’t perfect. While one is claiming that one church is false because they have false idols, that same group or organization walks around with false idols emblems on the feet or clothing. While one group accuses another of false worship they themselves have false prophecies that have become the very foundation of their history. It’s really sad to watch people not just accept that we are all of need of mercy and grace. Man is judged by Christ and his words ALONE..not Christ and their organization, group, or denomination’s made up rules or concepts and certainly not because of membership or building you sit in. Be careful followers of Christ, there is no identity in anything but Christ.