Wanda's Blog & Teachings
Wanda's Blog & Teachings
By Wanda K. Harris | wandaharris.com
As believers, we are warned not to be deceived by Satan's trap of temptation where he plots to destroy us in the wilderness of isolation. James 1:12-16 is addressed to believers and says, "Blessed is the man who endures temptation...let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren."
Every believer is tempted with evil and to rebel against God's will for their lives. Being tempted is not a sin, but acting upon it is. Our Savior understands because He too was tempted at every point (every area) we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15, 16; Matt. 4:1-3). Like Jesus, we too must endure temptation, but we must remember we are not tempted by God, but by the evil one. James, Chapter 1 shares how we can avoid the enemy's trap by exposing his schemes. Here are five steps the enemy uses to trap us with temptation and five solutions to avoid the trap:
STEP ONE: Draw us away into the wilderness of isolation by our desires.
SOLUTION: We must identify and acknowledge. We must be honest with ourselves in identifying our weak points. What fleshly desires are we struggling with that go against the will of God? How is the enemy using our weaknesses to draw us into his trap? If we're willing to be real about our struggles, we must also be willing to be held accountable. We must first reach out to God for His help, and if needed, we must find someone to talk to that we can trust such as a pastor, friend, or family member.
STEP TWO: Isolate and entice you through making your desires sinfully attractive and arousing.
SOLUTION: Never become isolated. When we refuse to follow the solution in step one, we are giving room to the devil to isolate us by making our struggles private. When we keep things a secret, we enter a very dangerous area. The enemy will make us feel dirty for the thoughts we are having so we don't want to share them with others. What we keep in the dark grows in the dark.
STEP THREE: Plant the desires deep within you, so they are conceived and grow.
SOLUTION: Don't wait - the longer we avoid steps one and two - the longer the enemy has to plant the sinful desires within us deeply. Once we conceive these desires, they will begin to grow. For example, if we are being tempted to cheat on our spouse and do not follow steps one and two, we will enter the danger zone of step three where the thoughts are conceived and begin to grow in our mind to the point we are now lusting in our heart for the other person. Jesus said in Matthew 5:27, 28, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
STEP FOUR: Birth the desires named sin.
SOLUTION: Don't conceive. We will give birth to whatever we conceive. Follow steps one, two, and three, and we won't have to worry about level four. Whatever we do in secret is not hidden from God. Eventually, all darkness is exposed by the light. We must ask ourselves the question, "When my sins are exposed, how will my decisions hurt the ones I love and me?" Numbers 32:23 says, "But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord, and be sure your sin will find you out."
STEP FIVE: Fully grow the desires to bring forth death.
SOLUTION: Confess and conquer. If we by-passed the first three steps and find ourselves living out step four, we must confess - come clean immediately. There will always be consequences to our sinful actions, and we must be prepared to face the music. If we are not willing to confess we will not conquer that which has conquered us. Once the sin we conceived comes into full maturity it will eventually bring forth death and destruction (ex: lusting in our heart for another person will eventually lead us to commit adultery - once our spouse finds out, our marriage could end in divorce). How far are we willing to go? How long are we willing to carry this secret? How much longer can we resist the Holy Spirit's working in our lives?
Please remember there's always hope, help, and healing through the overcoming power of Jesus Christ who can relate with us. Hebrews 4:15, 16 says, "For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Blessings, Wanda K. Harris
❤ Thanks for following this Jesus loving woman whose life was powerfully transformed by God in the summer of 1997. Even though I wear many hats in life, I do my best to keep things simple and to enjoy life by helping others. I'm an Author, Minister, Career Woman, Wife, Mother, and Jamma to the most amazing family! My heart's desire is to help others overcome the pains and trials of life so they can joyfully finish the race God has set before them.