Category: Inspirational


Resisting Temptation

The enemy is working with all his might to overcome those who are striving to live the Christian life. He comes to them with temptations, in the hope that they will yield. But those who have planted their feet firmly on the Rock of Ages will not yield to his devices. They will remember that God is their Father and Christ their Helper. The Saviour came to our world to bring to every tried, tempted soul strength to overcome even as He overcame. Our Saviour proved to every human race that we can resist temptation and not sin. Always remember that when we choose to yield in sin because we think that we are human beings and not perfect, then sin will always be welcome in our life and we can never have the perfect life that will draw us nearer to Him.

There are many ways that Satan employs his tactics especially to the youth, here are some;

When we are invited by our ungodly friends to go to parties, bar houses, clubs, theaters, concerts and those places that you cannot expect the presence of Angels. (1 John 2:15)

For students, cheating during exams, gossiping (Isa 3:16-24)

Wearing of make-up, seducing clothes, jewelries (nose piercing), premarital sex, worldly music, contemporary christian music (Isaiah 3:16-24; Romans 12:2)

drinking liquor, wine, coke, and any unhealthy drinks (Proverbs 23:29-30, 1 Corinthians )

Homosexuality (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

breaking the 10 commandments…(Eccl 12:13)

and the list continues.

“God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” And we also have a part to act. We are not to place ourselves needlessly in the way of temptation. God says, “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, . . . and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters.” If by associating with worldlings for pleasure, by conforming to worldly practices, by uniting our interests with unbelievers, we place our feet in the path of temptation and sin, how can we expect God to keep us from falling?

Ways to resist temptations;

1. Watchful and Prayerful (Matthew 26:41)

2. Keep yourself  from ungodly associations (Psalms 1:1)

3. Read the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy (Acts 17:11; Rev. 14:12; 19:10)

4. Place the Law in your heart (Hebrews 10:16)

5. Remember Jesus (John 14:6)

6. Remember God the Father (Deuteronomy 7:9; James 4:7, 8)

7. Remember not to grieve the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31)

8. Remember that your actions done and words spoken everyday are recorded in heaven. (Eccl 12:14; Matt 12:36-37)

Christ has made every provision for us to be strong. He has given us His Holy Spirit, whose office is to bring to our remembrance all the promises that Christ has made, that we may have peace and a sweet sense of forgiveness. If we will but keep our eyes fixed on the Saviour, and trust in His power, we shall be filled with a sense of security; for the righteousness of Christ will become our righteousness. . . .  {MYP 107.1}
We dishonor Him by talking of our inefficiency. Instead of looking at ourselves, let us constantly behold Jesus, daily becoming more and more like Him, more and more able to talk of Him, better prepared to avail ourselves of His kindness and helpfulness, and to receive the blessings offered us.  {MYP 107.2}
As we thus live in communion with Him, we grow strong in His strength, a help and a blessing to those around us. If we would only do as the Lord desires us to, our hearts would become as sacred harps, every chord of which would sound forth praise and gratitude to the Redeemer sent by God to take away the sin of the world. . . .  {MYP 107.3}

Since I was a child, I’ve been hearing parables but not until I received the truth that I started to understand spiritual things and apply them in my daily toil. I would like to share to you one of the Parables that Jesus Christ revealed on Earth. It is the Parable of the Mustard seed. In Matthew 13: 31-32 says, “Another parable put he form unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.” The germ in the seed grows by the unfolding of the life-principle which God has implanted. Its development depends upon no human power. So it is with the Kingdom of Christ. It is a new creation. Its principles of development are opposite of those that rule the kingdoms of this world. Earthly governments prevail by physical force; but the founder of the new kingdom is the Prince of Peace…The Jews looked for the kingdom of God to be established in the same way as the kingdoms of the world. To prom0te righteousness they resorted to external measures. They devised methods and plans. But Christ implants a principle. By implanting truth and righteousness. COL. p 25.

I remember when my Uncle Philip from SDA GC  bragged about how their church grew into a famous and filled with treasures. He  enumerated the riches through hospitals, schools, universities, etc..claimed to be God’s people because of these things! This became the basis of his salvation. He trust so much on the Seventh Day Adventist Church because of the riches they have. But God plainly states in the parable that the kingdom of heaven is not appreciated by Jews because they were looking for a kingdom of God to be established in the same way as the kingdoms of the world.

The kingdom of Christ in its beginning seemed humble and insignificant. Compared with earthly kingdoms it appeared to be the least of all. ..Yet in the mighty truths committed to His followers the kingdom of the gospel possessed a divine life. And how rapid was its growth, how widespread its influence! Not only is the growth of Christ’s kingdom illustrated by the parable of the mustard seed, but in every stage of its growth the experience represented in the parable is repeated. For His church in every generation God has a special truth and a special work. The truth that is hid from worldly wise and prudent is revealed to the child-like and humble. It calls for self-sacrifice. It has battles to fight and victories to win. At the outset its advocates are few. By the great men of the world and by a world-conforming church, they are opposed and despised.

This happened to many of us who claimed and stood firm on the “what is written principle”.  My family was driven out from the Seventh Day Adventist Church in the year 2000 by the Elder and the District Pastor. We were treated that way because of our firmness in the Word of God and the Spirit of Prophecy. But nonetheless, it was God’s plan.  God’s people should flee from the apostasy church for safety! Just like the Israelites during the time of Moses, God took them out from the Egyptian bondage. Amos 3:3 says, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?  See John the Baptist, standing alone to rebuke the pride and formalism of the Jewish nation. See the first bearers of the gospel in Europe. How obscure, how hopeless, seemed the mission of Paul and Silas, the two tent makers, as they with their companions took ship at Troas  for Philippi. See  “Paul the aged,” in chains, preaching Christ in the stronghold of the Caesars. Remember Martin Luther how he hold fast God’s word against emperor and pope, declaring, “Here I take my stand; I can not do otherwise. God be my help.” Also read about John Wesley preaching Christ and His righteousness in the midst of formalism, sensualism and infidelity.

As in earlier ages, the special truths for this time are found, not with the ecclesiastical authorities, but with men and women who are not too learned or too wise to believe the word of God…God chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty “that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Cor. 2:5)

And in this last generation the parable of the mustard seed is to reach a signal and triumphant fulfillment. The little seed will become a tree. The last message of warning and mercy is to go to “every nation and kindred and tongue” (Rev. 14:6-14), “to take out of them a people for His name” (Acts 15:14; Rev. 18:1). And the earth shall be lightened with His glory. (COL. 26)