Good morning people who walk with God and listen to His voice
Hearing God prompt us to make the right decision in a time of temptation is not a sign that we are bad, but a sign that we are listening.
If you are like me, you would prefer not to be tempted. But the truth is, we are all tempted, and we are all tempted often. Sure, not all temptations are big, but they are nonetheless temptations.
But do you know what a temptation is? It is an opportunity to do the right thing; an opportunity to honour God and people. Temptation is often viewed as a negative, whereas it is as much a positive as a negative – in fact, possibly even more so because of the spiritual authority we gain as a result of saying no and overcoming it. Temptation has often been elevated to the same place as sin, and it’s not. Jesus was tempted, but He did not sin.
Now here’s a subtle but powerful attack of the enemy that we need to recognise and overcome: when the Holy Spirit prompts us at the time of a temptation, we often feel bad because we are aware of the temptation. But we should be celebrating the fact that we can hear God’s loving prompting even when temptation is present. It’s when we don’t feel God’s prompting at the time of temptation that we have a problem.
So, for some of you, it is time to celebrate hearing God’s voice, yes even in times of temptation. God loves you enough to be involved in your life; in your highs and in your lows. God is Who we need to overcome temptation – He knows how and He invites us to follow Him.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (NIV) For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet He did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.