What is the Difference Between Temptation and Committing a Sin?

In the Garden of Eden, Eve was tempted by Satan in three ways. They were the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, the pride of life. Similarly, Jesus was tempted in the same way. Actually, every person throughout history has been tempted by these three methods. Compare Genesis 3:6, 7 with Matthew 4:1-11 and 1 John16, 17. Notice how similarly they reveal the truth against the Wicked One who desires to bring harm to you.

These are the three weapons Satan uses on all of us. When we keep ourselves aware of this, we will be less likely to fall to the Devil’s tricks. Examine yourself to see how vulnerable you are to one or all of these areas. When you do so, remember that a temptation does not become sin until after it is implemented. We are vulnerable and weak against the power of Lucifer. The only way to stay strong is by self-awareness and having a working knowledge of Scripture.

If you know Jesus as your personal Savior, the Bible says that your standing with God is secure. However, your credibility with others can be minimized by falling to temptation. Your eternal rewards can likewise be minimized by allowing yourself to experience these temptations.

If you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, you are living the life that is common to all who practice the ways of the world. Whereas when the believer commits sin, he chooses to do so. He ignores the conviction of the Holy Spirit. He puts himself above God.

The person that has not given his life to Christ commits sin because it is natural to his fallen nature. In both cases the devil wants authority over your life. The way out of this Box is to reject Satan and traverse to Jesus. Run to Christ and don’t look back.

This is similar to the time when you were young, and the neighborhood bully tried to intimidate you, but you ran to your parents for safety and protection. Read the first chapter of James in regard to experiencing temptation. Pay particular attention to verse twelve that says, “Blessed is the man that endures temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.”

Should you fall to the temptation, the first thing is to confess to Christ and ask his forgiveness. This is what King David did in the Old Testament when he prayed Psalm 51 after committing adultery and murder. Falling to sin alienates us from our Heavenly Father. Our relationship has been bruised. Avoid allowing yourself to be in a continuous state of unconfessed sin. Your heart will be less response to God. Your desire to live a righteous life will drift away or otherwise be referred to as backsliding.

Be aware of your own thoughts and inclination. Resist the carnal hunger within yourself. By avoiding temptation, you strengthen yourself and bring glory to God.

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