(KJV.) 1 JOHN 5:4
(4) For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Brethren, believers or unbelievers, there are moments in life, whereby, we experience temptations; either from our Father to proven our love and faith in him, or tempted of the devil, to sin, backslide from the righteousness of our Father through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior; it does not matter how stronger we are in spirits, there are temptations on every level of our faith; so, let us beware of what messages we receive from spirits; for demonic infiltrated spirits can fake messages; therefore, whenever, we receive spiritual messages, regardless of how we receive them, we are to offer prayers of thanks to our Father, through Jesus Christ, double check with the Holy Spirit, for confirmations whether they are authentic messages from our Father, and the Holy Spirit assistance to do what is required, not to fall into traps of the enemy, think thricely before undertakings.
If we ask ourselves, how do we know if we are being tempted? that's a trickish question, for anyone can be tempted at any given moment, we need to watch out for the lust of flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life: (1 John 2:16); these are the channels the enemy uses to lure souls into temptations; remember, how he tempted Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, after Jesus fasted for forty days and nights in the wilderness, refer to book of Matthew 4:1-11: first of all it was the holy spirit who lead Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil; however, being an instrument of evil, he knew that Jesus was hungry, asked him to command stones into bread; that was the appropriate time, for the devil to mess with the innermost spirits of Jesus Christ: therefore, as believers, let us beware of enemy temptations, when in fastings and prayers, the enemy might show up unannounced to tempt our faith in the body of Christ.
For the second time, the devil took Jesus Christ, into the holy city, setteth him on the pinnacle of the temple, provoked him with lies to cast himself downward, that our Father could assign angels to deliver him from falling to hurt himself; this is a test, to relinquish Jesus Christ's power, as the son of our Father; but Jesus overcomes him with the scriptures, refer to Matthew 4:7: again, the devil took Jesus to a high mountain top, showed him all the kingdom of the world and the glory of them, asked him to fall down and worship him, that he will give them all to him; really? Jesus rebuked the devil, and the angels came and ministered unto him, refer to Matthew 4:10-11: amazingly, during Jesus ordeal, the angels were watching over Jesus, to see the outcome of his temptation; therefore, when we go through temptations, let us not rule out facts that Jesus Christ knows about them, and watching to see the outcome of our faith, regardless of our temptations, we are overcomers by the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior; if we should fail temptations, let us not worry too much or have anxieties over our failures; rather believe in Jesus Christ, that settles it all; he was tempted by the devil as well; therefore, he knows about his manipulative ways, and gives believers second, third, fourth chances to overcome enemy temptations another time, receive crown of glories in life everlasting, we are more than victorious forevermore.
No one is beyond temptations in this world, but we are victorious children of the Highest Father, being victorious, the devil has no power over our souls; subjectively, whenever, we feel pressured to walk in ungodliness, do something out of the norms, that may be questionable, let us know that we are in temptations to shake faith foundations, such as Abraham was tempted to sacrifice Isaac the child of promise, refer to book of Genesis 22; or tempted of the devil to derail Jesus's mission according to the book of Matthew 4:1-11; therefore, regardless of how we perceive temptations, the rock bottom line is, to discern temptations, the voice of the devil, from the authentic voice of the Holy Spirit, before we endeavor to act upon messages; as believers, let us be in spirit, control our thought processes, if we are not sure of messages received from hearings, dreams, and visions; pray to double check messages, discard whatever needs to be discarded, honor the true words of Jesus Christ, rebuke the devil, and he will flee away; rejoice, be exceedingly glad, for Jesus loves humanity that he gave his own life to be slaughtered on the cross, his blood avails much, our past, present, future sins are forgiven entirely, enjoy this grace and live peaceably with all men in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Many times, we fail temptations, simply because we are unable to determine facts that something more than just thought processes are up against our souls; temptations come in different types of ways, for instance, (i) through the ministration of the Holy Spirit, we receive messages to deliver to others or act upon ourselves; (ii) we may also receive messages through dreams and visions of the night; (ii) also, through prophets, of our Father, at times, we receive camouflage misleading words from the enemy as well; beware! Regardless of how we receive spiritual messages to act upon; we must love our Father and Jesus Christ, obey, have faith, perseverance to do what is required; walk in the victory already provided by Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior forever and evermore. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) 1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.