10.3 Various Kinds of Temptations


Chapter 10: Victory in Conflict

from War On the Saints
by Jesse Penn-Lewis

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Mt. 22:15 π Jn. 12:27 π Acts 16:6 π 1 Ths. 2:18

There are unseen temptations, and temptations in the unseen. Physical temptations, soulish temptations, spiritual temptations; direct and indirect temptations, as with Christ when He was directly tempted in the wilderness, or indirectly through Peter. The believer must not only resist the devil when he tempts visibly, or attacks consciously, but BY CONSTANT PRAYER HE MUST BRING TO LIGHT HIS HIDDEN AND COVERED TEMPTATIONS, knowing that he is a "Tempter," and therefore is always planning temptation for the believer. Those who thus, by prayer, bring to light these hidden workings, are by experience, widening their horizon in knowledge of his work as a Tempter, and becoming better able to co-work with the Spirit of God in the deliverance of others from the power of the enemy; for in order to be victorious over the powers of darkness, it is essential to be able to recognize what they are doing. Paul, on one occasion, did not say "circumstances," but "Satan hindered me" ( 1 Ths. 2:18 ), because he was able to recognize when circumstances, or the Holy Spirit ( Acts 16:6; top ), or Satan, hindered or restrained him in his life and service.

There are degrees also in the results of temptation. After the wilderness temptation, which settled vast and eternal issues, the devil left Christ, but he returned to Him again and again with other degrees of temptation ( Jn. 12:27 ; Mt. 22:15; top ) both direct and indirect.

[10.2] Victory Over Satan as Tempter
[10.4] Difference Between "Temptation" and "Attacks"
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