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Humans are surrounded by temptations and deceived by worldly desires. But what does temptation really mean? How can we recognize it so we can avoid it?

Temptation isn’t a sin, it is an invitation to commit a sin. It invites us to disobey Jesus and do wrong instead of doing what is right and good. In Genesis 3:1-6, it tells the story of how Adam and Eve was deceived by the serpent by tempting them to eat the fruit that God forbid them to eat. Adam and Eve was deceived by what they will gain from eating the fruit even if they know that by doing so, they will disobey God’s instruction. Satan used doubt and deception to lure Adam and Eve into committing a sin. Adam and Eve could have avoided Satan’s deception if only they have recognized it and did not fall for their curiosity.

Every time a temptation comes, we are put to a test whether we choose to let ourselves fall for it or will we hold onto our faith and obedience to God. The truth is, we are free to choose to love and obey Him. Even when we are tempted, we are always free to choose Him.

Temptation gets its power the time it succeeded to persuade us that we would be happier if we follow it. Temptation confuses us with wrong happiness so we can’t recognize it. But we must not be confused with the happiness it offers, we should seek first if it is not against God’s word, God’s commandment and God’s will for us.

In Titus 2:11-12, it says “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” We are taught to say “No” to ungodly and worldly passions so we can live upright and according to Jesus’ instructions to us. Our mission is to use our Faith as our weapon against temptation, and let God rule our hearts so we can never be lost and deceived again.