The Garden of Pleasure is where temptation and failure became the way of all man until we are born again by the Holy Spirit. And even after a person is born again, it doesn’t mean that temptation has ended. What it means is that the power to resist temptation is now in you. The fallen nature of man must die and we must be changed from within by the Holy Spirit.
The fallen nature’s desire to examine, pursuit, capture, and consume is what makes falling into sin from being tempted possible. Possible to fall into or possible to escape it.
The excitement of enticement. The tease. The desire to go deeper into someone or something. Every person is smitten with temptation.
However, we do not have to fall into temptation.
Temptation is not sin. To be tempted is just enticement or baiting. If you do not take the bait, you cannot sin.
It is when we cast off restraint and cross the line of discipline to not touch whatever, that we fall into sin.
James said count it all joy when you “fall into temptation.”
If your life wasn’t of value to discredit Jesus, you wouldn’t be tempted. There are some forms of temptation that are so blatant that if you are not careful, you will stop thinking about the cost and engage to sin.
Men are sight stimulated. What we see is what our mind locks on and we burn that image in our souls to consume it mentally until you have to touch it.
The full satisfaction is after you have touched what you’ve watched.
Proverbs 27:20 says,
“Hell and destruction are never full, so the eyes of man are never satisfied.”
Dangle something that a person likes and it won’t be long before the desire to consume it comes.
Low cleavage, body hugging above the knees dress. Hair up or down, preferably sexy down. You’ve seen it before and that is desirable to see all of the time. Now the desire to see it again and again is programed into your repetitive thinking process.
Unless she is your wife, you are already in pursuit in your mind to check it ALL out as she gets closer and closer. Your heart races and your mind goes into several transitions until mind and body ultimately transitions into “I must touch it. I must have it. I must consume it.”
We all know how this works but let’s examine it in relative detail.
All things have a point of origin or beginning point. When it comes to temptation of the sexual nature, we can only be tempted based on our desires. If there is no desire, there can be no reference point for preference. Whatever our desire is, that’s where our preference is, and that is the area where the enemy will tempt us (see Hebrews 12:1).
If something is repulsive to us, chances are, unless lines are crossed to escalate unexplored regions of sex acts to obtain the unobtainable carrot of sexual satisfaction, we will not engage.
Look at what the Bible says about temptation from the book of James chapter one and verses 14 and 15.
“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full- grown, brings forth death.”
For clarity, the Amplified Bible gives this rendition.
“But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions). Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.”
When James says “…but every person,” no one escapes temptation.
In order for you to be tempted you have to be “drawn away.”
How are we drawn away?
Notice…“enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions).
You see lust never seeks you. Lust is already in there unless it is dealt a death blow (see Colossians 3:5).
Romans chapter 7 is the tell all of how sin in the flesh operates.
In all of us, there is a preference for the kinds of sin that brings evil pleasure to our minds and bodies. However, these evil passions and desires must have conception in order to produce only one thing.
But let’s go back a bit.
What is it that is in your mind and flesh that you know that you would easily fall prey to? Just like fish or any predator. When you see something that is appealing to you, you will pursue it until you’ve captured it for consumption. Like all evil temptation, there is always a hook at the end of the bait.
It’s the same with humans. Same sex attractions, opposite sex attractions or attractions for both.
The definition for lust is “longing for that which is forbidden.”
When you are told that you cannot have a certain thing, sometimes it can add to the pursuit. The inquisitive pursuit.
A sort of curiosity that seeks out what it would be like to have it that way. It’s the same with sex. When a woman or a man walks by, your mind is inquisitive about what is not seen. What is seen is the appealing process that triggers the desire to further examine. Then it reengages into another mode. The conception process is figuring out how to get it and consume it.
According to Matthew 5:27-28, you already crossed the line in imagining what you will do when you get her or him. The lines one declares that it will not cross is just a speed bump. You will slow down but you will eventually cross it.
It is just a matter of time.
How do we overcome temptation?
We must look at the life of the Lord Jesus to answer this question. By looking at how He was able to resist the devil is textbook child of God living.