Thank God you were tempted to lie; what you don’t want is to be tempted to tell the truth.
If you find yourself being tempted to tell the truth then that means…well that you are a liar.
The issue of lying is just an example. The greater issue is being tempted (whatever the temptation).
What you are tempted by tells you a lot about yourself. Temptations are like barbells or exercise bands, or running uphill, they provide resistance; they reveal areas that you can grow and improve in. If you are no longer tempted to lie, cheat, or steal (or any other forbidden thing)—then you’re sunk. The fact you are being tempted is a sure sign that you have a chance to improve.
Having a choice was hardwired into human existence right from the start when our first mother and father had a choice in the Garden of Eden. While God does not tempt us, he does allow us to be tempted. The purpose of this is that what tempts us provides a diagnostic tool to show us opportunities for growth and victory.
Remember, your life on this planet is just a training ground. You were never meant to be here forever. God is preparing you for a far greater existence and purpose beyond this life. The temptations and struggles you are going through right now pale in significance in light of the glorious person you are going to be and the amazing things you are going to do someday.
- The ONE THING for today: Rejoice that you are still being tempted; it’s a sign that you do not belong to Satan and that you are running toward victory in Jesus. The moment the tempters voice grows silent…that’s when you need to worry.
12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
James 1:12 (NKJV)