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10 Benefits Of Temptation

Updated on December 2, 2014

10 Benefits of Temptation

Many people may feel guilty because they go through their day being constantly tempted. Tempted by the opposite sex, tempted to lie to gain an advantage, tempted to cheat on taxes and the list goes on and on. Temptation alone is not a sin because Jesus was tempted by the Devil in the wilderness in Matthew 4. Sin comes when a person is drawn away with their own lust and when lust has conceived it brings forth sin and when sin is finished it brings forth death. God cannot be tempted with evil and neither does he tempt any person. One may ask how can temptation be a benefit? I’m glad you asked so let us look at benefit number one.

Temptation is not a sin

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.(Matthew 4:1-2)

The fact that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted gives comfort in knowing that temptation is not a sin. Jesus was the perfect Lamb of God that took away the sin of the world so he was perfect even though He did not function in the earth as the Son of God but as the Son of Man. James 1:13 declares that God cannot be tempted with evil so Jesus could not have been functioning as the Son of God in the earth because Matthew says he was tempted by the Devil. When temptation comes there is no need to feel condemnation and guilt because everyone is tempted but just do not yield to that temptation.

  • Proof of a person’s love for God

Think about it, the fact that a person feels guilt and condemnation is proof of their love for God. Why feel guilty if one does not care about God and what he stands for? Like millions today who go their own way and do their own thing without feeling guilt, to feel guilt is proof of love for God.

  • Proof of possible problem areas

Temptation would not be temptation if there were no pressure. Satan’s pushes buttons that affect people Physically, emotionally and mentally. These buttons are areas that need boundaries and protection put in place which is a plus for defeating Satan at his own tactics. Jesus used the Word which is the sword of the Spirit as an offensive weapon to defeat the Devil at his own game and the word put in place to guard the heart and mind (Phil.4:6).

When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”(Luke 3:21)

I wanted to take a look at what Luke had to say one chapter before Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted because there are benefits that can be gleaned prior to Jesus being tempted.

  • The Benefit of Humility

The bible says that Jesus made himself of no reputation but became obedient even to the death of the cross. This example of humility can be seen here in Luke where Jesus knowing that he was about to increase in popularity while John the Baptist according to his own words was about to decrease allowed John to baptize him. John did not want to do so but Jesus declared suffer it to be so that all righteousness be fulfilled. This is humility at its best because it is a benefit that guarantees exaltation in temptation.

The New Living translation bible reads so humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Notice humility must be before God which means to submit to His word even when it looks foolish to do so because God is the one who gives strength and brings exaltation during the temptation. The Devil flees which means to run in terror!

When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”(Luke 3:21)

  • The Benefit of Prayer

Prayer is a necessary benefit in temptation because it prevents entry into it if it is not Gods will to go through it. Jesus told his Disciples in the garden of Gethsemane to watch and pray that they “enter not into temptation” and because they fell asleep they entered right into it! Jesus prayed before he was led into temptation by the Spirit because he needed some other benefits to happen.

  • Benefit of the Holy Spirit

Jesus prayed until the heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon him. The Holy Spirit will never lead one into an impossible battle, but he will guide one into all truth. John 13:16 declares.. But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He will reveal the truth about oneself, the Devils intended deception and the power of the word of truth (John 17:17).

  • Benefit of God’s voice

When the heaven was opened and the Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove and God’s voice declared this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. God the Father validates his Son because all through Jesus’ temptation the Devil continually repeated “If you be the Son of God”

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into[a] the wilderness, 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.

3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”

4 But Jesus answered him, saying,[ “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”

8 And Jesus answered and said to him, Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.

9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you,’

11 and,

In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

12 And Jesus answered and said to him, It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.

  • The Benefit of knowing who you are

People who don’t know who they are in Christ will not know where they are and where they are going in life. After the temptation that brought sin into the world through Adam and Eve (Romans 5:12) the voice of God called out to Adam asking him “Adam where art thou? God was not talking about geographical location, but Spiritual condition because Adam had to reflect on where he was and take responsibility for his actions in order to get to where God wanted him to be. People who don’t know who they are may go through life performing in order to live up to others expectation. Notice the devil says if you be the Son of God perform! God validates his children to prepare them for temptation. Jesus knew who he was and did not need to perform to feel good about himself.

  • The Benefit of coming out of temptation quickly

3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”

4 But Jesus answered him, saying,[ “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”

8 And Jesus answered and said to him, Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.

9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple

One of the things that can weigh on a person during temptation is it may hang on for long periods time due to entertaining the temptation. Remember temptation is only that to a person who is tempted and it affects the mind will and emotions. Jesus did not spend great periods of time through each temptation, but the Devil gave up and went to something entirely different each time after the Word was spoken. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness while Israel spent 40 years. The time spent is up to us.

  • The Benefit of the Devil leaving

The benefit of the Devil leaving is a season of rest. Unfortunately people never rest even when the Devil leaves for a season because the mind remains unrested and weary full of worry. Philippians 4:6 declares … Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. A peaceful mind is a rested mind. These are 10 benefits of temptation, not the only 10. It is worth looking at what happened to Jesus after he came out of the temptation.

Jesus Began His Galilean Ministry

Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.

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