Is There Good in Temptation?
"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man . . ." (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Temptation itself is not sin; it is something we are bound to face simply by virtue of being human. . . Yet many of us suffer from temptations we should never have to suffer, simply because we have refused to allow God to lift us to a higher level where we would face temptations of another kind. A person’s inner nature, what he possesses in the inner, spiritual part of his being, determines what he is tempted by on the outside. The temptation fits the true nature of the person being tempted and reveals the possibilities of his nature. Every person actually determines or sets the level of his own temptation, because temptation will come to him in accordance with the level of his controlling, inner nature. Temptation comes to me, suggesting a possible shortcut to the realization of my highest goal. (read more) (purchase)
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