Trials Part 2 – Attacks from Satan
I felt it necessary to clarify and define trials and temptations that were discussed in the post: Trials. This should also help in understanding the difference between the previously discussed blessed trials and Satan’s attacks of temptation –
Trials are easily understood as “tests”. See, in order to be formed into the image of Christ, the areas that are in need of purification will be touched by God. We are tried, over and over again, until we learn the lesson. Not only are we tested to burn away the moldings of Adam, the flesh, worldly things, etc., trials also build up, strengthen, increase and ultimately reveal the characteristics of Christ, who is in us. Characteristics such as Faith, patience, love, kindness, etc, which are in us, start to shine through. Trials are good. The following verses are evident in what is purified, and what characteristics of the Spirit will shine through our souls:
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:19-25, New King James Version)
Pertaining to temptations, temptations are from Satan. We have to understand that if we read a verse in the bible that says “God tempted..”, the word in this sense means that God tested. The word ‘temptation’ is what we get in the English translation, but it has 2 meanings in Hebrew: To try (a trial) or to be lured into wickedness.
13 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. (James 1:13, New King James Version)
Instead of turning this into a long post, the writer over at Bibleseo makes the definition very clear in the first few lines of this post.
The bottom line is that Satan seeks to steal, kill, destroy, deceive, distract, and do anything else he can to take us away from God. I have witnessed 2 areas that he will attack in.
1: He will prevent us from coming to Christ. He will do whatever he can to stop this. But see, once we are truly a follower of Jesus Christ (truly believing, as in following Christ and not just saying it w/ our lips), he lost our soul.
2: The battle rages on though! Because Satan knows that we will now be used by God to help others. He will continue to shoot fiery darts at us, constantly. To discourage us, tempt us to sin, destroy our testimony, hinder our faith, cause worry/stress, and so on.
Brethren, we are in a battle. All attacks are “temptation”, to take our minds/eyes off of God and onto worldly/fleshly things. The battle never stops, but the battle is always won in-Christ. As soon as we choose to look away from Him and look at the winds/fiery darts hammering up against our minds, we sink into what we look at (we sink into what we think upon, what we accept, what we believe.. we lose faith).
I use this all the time as a reference from the bible because it is very good –
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:25-31, New King James Version)
Lastly, one of my Pastors said it best in a discipling guide: “Now that you are Born Again”:
“Testing can be used for both trials and temptations, but the contents and the motive of the testing will classify it either as trials or temptations. Often we face diverse temptations in the midst of trials. For example, if God wanted us to remain in a particular city, but we do not have a source of income, we may consider that we have a better chance of getting a job in another city. There is a tendency that we will desire to leave a place that God is telling us to remain. Such is a temptation in the midst of a trial for patience. Lastly, we should not take suffering, which stems from a consequence of our sin or neglect, as a trial. Such consequences could lead to trials and temptations though.” – Pastor Christian Nwobu
Don’t be deceived my beloved. The wiles of the devil are non-stop. Many senses of the flesh.. the things we see, hear, emotions, the thoughts, even physical pain, (and these same things that are in other people) very well may be a tool of Satan. That’s not to say people are Satanic. I.e. If I choose a thought of Satan (fell to temptation) like “He/She should not have done/said that”, then my choice will sometimes flow out of my mouth, and I’ll say something. If you’re listening to me, you’ll hear the result of my choice to choose Satan’s attack. Just stand and smile.. If it doesn’t line up with God’s character, it’s not Him. Believe in the Lord and His promises, all else is Satan’s tools.
I pray for your protection and the armor of God to be strengthened around you and yours. God bless,
I had a wise man tell me when I was unhappy with my marriage: “ya know, this is satan testing you”. He said: “now be on your toes because temptations will be all around you”. I kid you not, the very next day my ex-boyfriend came over to the house to see my husband (which he NEVER does), I saw another striking man in the gym flirting with me, and then got asked out on a date from a stranger. WOW, luckily I was strong enough and did not allow satan to enter my life. Thanks “wise man”, you know who you are!
Oh, and I forgot to add: THANK YOU JESUS FOR KEEPING ME STRONG, VERY HAPPY IN MY MARRIAGE AND STILL TRYING TO HAVE BABIES! I LOVE MY HUBBY!
Cool Carm, amen.
Without digging in and finding the scripture, there’s 2 things God promises in this topic and this is what happens in my life on them:
1: We won’t receive any burden that is too much for us to handle. He give us enough as a test, which builds up endurance, strength, perseverance, etc. If burdens were easy, it would take us a 1000 years to be formed into the image of Christ. But in-Christ, the burdens are conquered as long as we remain there.
2: He will always give us a way out. I find something very interesting my own life that I may write about later.. But every single time I have temptation, He does exactly that.. gives a way out. During temptation, I have had a passing thought from the Spirit “This isn’t right”.. I’ve experienced words in my surroundings while the temptation is up against me (such as words on something I’m looking at, words from something I hear in the background.. a conversation, music, tv, or things my eyes are looking at). I’ve also experienced phone calls from Godly people.. a stub of the toe, a bang of the head on something… the dropping of something out of my hands, tipping over a glass of water… It goes on and on and on… If we are “looking” for God during the temptation, we will find the “out” that He promises to give us. What sucks, is sometimes I see it as His out, and I still choose to ignore it. :( Forgive me Lord… Forgive me.
Joe, do you know who that “wise” man was?
Yes, I was there where the conversation took place between you and Jesus. :)
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i am having a problem with my head and the thoughts inside it,i think horrible things about many things and im not sure why and i dont like it because i never mean it.does anybody now why and how i could overcome this problem?
Hey Jermaine.. I’ll shoot you and email. I suggest taking a very close look at Romans. Paul speaks about this battle. It is as if there are 2 in 1. One side of us doesn’t want to do things (i.e. horrible thoughts), but we do it anyways. Then there are things we should do (i.e. good thoughts), but then we don’t do them. To read what Paul is getting at, Romans is a good start.. specifically chapters 6, 7 and 8. All of Romans really explains this.
One thing that I want to leave you with. You’re not alone in this spiritual battle. I think thoughts i don’t like too.. many people do. Because you recognize the difference between good and bad shows that God is with you and is teaching you something. So smile, because many people don’t recognize these things.
Praying for you.. I’ll send you a side email as well. God bless.
thanks joseph i really needed that support and a better understanding of what is going on i will go on to read it romans.thank you.
hey jermaine, just checkin’ in on ya. Please let me know if you need prayer or could use someone to talk to. God bless brother.
I could use a prayer right now.
Praying now sister. When you have time, check out what the Lord just showed me – http://serious-things.com/jesus-quenches-the-fire/