|Previously Posted on May 17, 2010 at 3:27 PM|
As leaders we are faced with all sorts of things that can distract our day. From phone calls, unexpected visitors and meetings to temptations. Yes I said “temptations.” As Christians we contend with 3 enemies:
- World: The external foe
- Flesh: Our internal foe
- devil: The infernal foe.
Now I want to focus very quickly on the devil and temptations, but first let’s make sure we know where temptation comes from:
James 1:13-18 (The Message)
Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer. So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.
Now I used the Message Version – as I like the bold strong words that are used. So from this scripture – we see that God does not tempt us to give into evil. This temptation comes from us and us alone! You see we play a key role in our temptation. Satan needs our cooperation if we are cave in to his enticements. Temptations will come at us – it is inevitable. Most people think that they will come you are most vulnerable, but what about when you are at your strongest?
1 Corinthians 10:12 (The Message)
These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.
So while you are leading today – be aware of the potential traps and temptations that are around every corner. Cultivate God-confidence – you cannot do it on your own!