You get an invitation in the mail or maybe an e-vite in your inbox. Someone wants your presence at an important event! It’s a birthday party. Maybe it’s a wedding (zzzz). Because the sender desires for you to accept the invitation and come to the event, they send an attractive invitation with exciting and detailed activities listed to compel you come.
Temptations are invitations to do evil. Each temptation is designed to destroy some part of your life. We all receive them. These invitations are attractively designed, appealing to our eyes and our natural senses. If temptations weren’t attractive they wouldn’t be tempting. Make sense?
Suppose you are alone with someone of the opposite sex at a friend’s house with no supervision around. An evil invitation comes in the form of a thought. It seems as real as an invitation you could hold in your hands. It reads something like this:
Your are cordially invited to make out with this girl.
She is attractive.
You must show her that you care for her.
Kissing her will show her this.
If you don’t, someone else will.
You don’t want her to think that you are a virgin.
You can brag to your friends how you made out with her.
Man up, and kiss her.
The invitation appeals to your senses and lusts, but it is designed to. It doesn’t, however, give you all the details of the temptation, which may be something like this-
You are cordially invited to make out with this girl.
God is watching you.
What does the Bible say about a physical relationship before marriage?
Accepting this invitation is risky.
This act may lead to further and deeper sin.
There may be permanent consequences to those actions.
Your (and her) reputation is at stake.
Her dad will kill you if he finds out. Seriously.
Those are the truthful details of the invitation. The fine print that isn’t promoted in the invitation. The invitation of pre-marital sexual relations has hidden, but real physical, emotional, and spiritual consequences attached to it.
Declining these temptations is achieved not by fighting, but by accepting invitations to do right. God is aware of those temptations that we are confronted with, and He always gives us “other plans.” When confronted with an invitation to do evil, ask God, “What should I be doing right now?” If you ask with a heart that is ready to obey, the way of escape will always appear. When you are looking for a way out, look to God and He will make a way out. That’s a promise from God!
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but 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. 1 Corinthians 10:13
–Pastor Jason Wall
Faith Baptist of Avon