Temptation & Testing

TEMPTATION AND TESTING

The words temptation and testing are derived from the Hebrew word masah and the Greek word peirrasmos, which have to do with the idea of putting one to the proof from either a good or bad intention. Jesus faced both testing from God and temptation from Satan. Now it is our turn. We are being put to the proof constantly.

The Lord tests individuals as He did with Abraham (Gen.22), Job, and Hezekiah (2 Chron. 32:31). Job recognized that the Lord was testing him and, listen to his response, “But he (God) knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10) Job recognized that the Lord tests us, and he was determined to pass the test! The Lord also puts nations to the proof (Deuteronomy 8:2) and the reason is always the same-to know our hearts. Does he need to test us to know our hearts? Of course not! He already knows the heart of every man. (Acts 1:24) Like everything else, our Lord does it for our good because He knows our hearts! But we don’t. Testing really shows us where our hearts are. The testing of the Lord is out of love and for our good.

Until Jesus comes to take us home, Satan has the freedom to tempt us to sin (1 Chron. 21:1). He is the tempter (Matt. 4:3) and the enemy of the children of God (1 Peter 5:8). The Lord may at times use this tempting to test those he loves as he did with Job. Satan afflicted Job but only within the limits God imposed (Job 1:6-22). This is why we are to be on guard at all times. (Mark 14:38)

The Lord sends us this word of encouragement with regards to temptation: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Cor. 10:13) Submitting to temptation is sin and Satan desires to devour us with it. But God is greater and assures us that he will always provide a way out for us! Praise the Lord as you endure testing and temptation and be determined to come through it all as purified gold!   


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MONDAY: Read Genesis 22:1-14; 1 Peter 1:3-9.  Why did the Lord test Abraham and what was the result of the testing he went through?  According to Peter, why do we go through trials and what will be the outcome of the testing we face if we endure?

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TUESDAY: Read 2 Chronicles 32.  What kind of a man was King Hezekiah?  Read chapters 29-31 for further insight.  Why did the Lord test Hezekiah?  What was the outcome of the testing that Hezekiah endured?

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WEDNESDAY: Read 1 Cor. 11:17-34; 2 Cor 13:5.  What was the problem with the way the Corinthians were taking the Lord’s Supper?  What were they challenged to do to correct the problem?  Why are we to examine or test ourselves?  Read Galatians 2:1-10.  Do you see how Paul’s life and doctrine were the same?  Follow this example in your own life!

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THURSDAY: Read Proverbs 2   We know from this week’s memory verse that the Lord tests our hearts.  How can we fill our hearts with good things and please the Lord?  What are the benefits of wisdom as we learned earlier in our study?  Read Proverbs 15:11; 16:2; and 4:23 also to gain further insight.

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FRIDAY: Read James 1:2-18   What will be the result for the one who perseveres through trials and testing?  What will be the outcome for those who submit to their own evil desires?  Remember that the Lord chose to give us birth and that every good and perfect gift comes from above—praise the Lord! 

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J Family Devotional Ideas:

  1. Read James 1:17 with your family.  You can write it out as a poster or just read it out loud and discuss it.  Talk about the gifts that God has given you.  Have each family member list some of the gifts that God has given.  Be sure to pray together and thank God for all of his good and perfect gifts.

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