Matthew 18:7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
“Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!
The Bible says the ways of a sinner is hard; but woe to the sinner who tempts others to sin. The Hebrew word for “Temptation” is (skandalon) the movable stick or trigger of a trap, a trap stick, think of it in this way, as you walk through life you like to have a path, that is clutter free, this is the meaning of the word “path”, a safe stable place to walk. The literal translation for “temptation” a stick being placed on the path causing you to stumble. With the goal of making someone to sin.
So woe to men and women who dress provocatively with the intentions of drawing another eyes to your body , whether it be in person on the TV. Or in magazines and you personal PC. Woe to those who teach children it ok to cheat, Woe to those who tempt their mates. But a strong caution to the Christian, “temptation” is not sin, if you decided to bite the apple, you have only yourself to blame. If your spirit is weak, your flesh will be more than willing to indulge. But to those who willfully try to tempt anyone to sin, you have all ready sealed your fate. It is necessary that temptations come, because the flesh is temptation wrapped in the skin of sin. The temptation is also the result of the fall, we not only died spiritually but our mind, heart and soul were all corrupted. The word “temptation” (skandalon) is where we get the English word “scandal” meaning unseemly conduct, any act of a person who shocks, or offends the moral feelings of another.
The Bible in James explains that every christian is tempted, when we are drawn away of our own lust, and enticed. This means or temptations are actually a signal that we have secret desires and motives against the will of God. You will learn sooner or later, you lack the will power to conquer temptations. This is when we must plead for God’s grace. We need to under God’s authority, by this I mean we must stay under His umbrella of protection. Our tendency is to go before God, stepping out of his protection, bring on temptations. I believe each Christian has their thorn in the flesh. We have to first recognize and confess what it is. We may be like Paul who asked God to remove His thorn in the flesh, and we may have to accept the same answer: My grace is sufficient for you. This is why we must have a short sin account, Satan will use past sins to bring new temptations, and un-confessed sin will cause us to pursue the Flesh. Temptations allows us to see our wretched condition before God, making us dependant on His grace and driving us to prayer. Trials and temptations are a blessing, God allows both to keep our proud spirit humbled, keep us under His umbrella of protection, and keep us on our knees. The key to overcoming a persistent temptation, is to humble yourself under the mighty hand of God. He will then enable us to have power over Satan. Don’t think you have the willpower to resist temptation, aside from God’s grace, you will be continually frustrated.
We need to keep our sin accounts short and check “temptation at the door. I temptation gets it foot in the door, you will be hard pressed not to sin. Some days you feel like no matter which way to turn or do, temptation is staring you in the face, you will either resist the temptation and flee as Joseph did or embrace it and sin. We as Christians have all been at this crossroad, and we haven’t always made the right choice. Although God, for wise ends and reasons, as above, voluntarily permits such things to be in the world; and though they do not succeed, as to cause the true followers of Christ so to stumble and fall and to perish, yet this does not excuse their sin and wickedness, in doing all that in them lay to effect it. For though God will, and does overrule all their base designs against his ministers, church, and people, for his glory, and their good, this is no thanks to them who cause others to stumble ; and it does not in the least extenuate their crime, it will not abate the severity of their punishment. Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.
Amen. (Jude 1: 24,25)