Temptation is defined as a desire to engage in short-term urges of enjoyment. It is described as an impulse, or rather force, that may threaten an individual's ability to wait for long-term goals. Temptation may be coaxed or induced by manipulation, curiosity, desire, or fear of loss. However, temptation doesn't always have a moral, ethical, or ideological valuation.
Temptation is Normal
Temptation is normal. As long as we live we will be tempted in some form or fashion, its how we respond to it that makes the difference. We all struggle with the tendency to make wrong or destructive choices. In times of temptation, it may seem beneficial to give in to the thing or person for the short-term satisfaction. However, this is the wrong attitude to have, and may be destructive to our relationships, long-term goals, and spiritual growth.
What or Who is Tempting You?
Are you tempted to eat ice cream before dinner, or to take your shoes off in a public place to provide some comfort for your feet? Temptations like the aforementioned have no moral, ethical, or ideological valuation. Are you tempted to take shortcuts in order to fulfill your dreams? Do you desire to manipulate someone? Do you feel like you want to give in to someone out of fear of loss? Are you tempted to do drugs, alcohol, or other things that can wreak havoc over your life? Temptations like these are ones which pose a threat to your relationships, long-term goals, and spiritual growth. Thankfully, temptation can be resisted.
Jesus was tempted, in the wilderness, by Satan, and experienced feelings of desire, power, and glory. However, He chose not to act on them. So, Jesus knows what temptation feels like. Hebrews 4:15 tells us, that we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; who was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. As long as we submit to Jesus we can resist temptation, as He did, and the devil. James 4:7 says, "submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). We do this by strictly looking to Christ, and what He has done for us at the Cross, where Satan was totally defeated. Believe and have Faith.
Stay Encouraged and Yoked to Jesus. He will carry you through.