Quote for Blog - 072616The religious interpretation is that God tests us and leads us into hardship and trials to perfect our faith. This is Luciferian doctrine which breeds mistrust for God and undermines our confidence in His essential character: love.

The Scripture is very clear: Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. God doesn’t tempt anyone or lead anyone into temptation. We are led, i.e. carried away into temptation, by our unresolved issues. Remember, the precursor to temptation is hardship, distress and lack; therefore, God never leads us into any of these.

If we disconnect this verse from the previous verses we completely miss the point. This is a continuation of the previous determination to trust God for provision and forgive others. The word “lead” can be translated, “to carry away inwardly.” It’s our forgiving, i.e. sending away the negative feelings toward others, that keeps us from being carried away into temptation. This could read something like, “Lord, even though I have the right to make this person pay, help me send away that feeling just like You send away the things I do that should be punished and, in so doing, help me to not carry issues around inside me in such a way that my feeling of loss would lead me into temptation.”

You never have to be afraid of God leading you into hardship and suffering. It’s the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy, not your heavenly Father. CLICK HERE to join me this week in Impact CyberChurch and grow in your confidence in a good God and in your ability to make decisions that help you avoid hardships that lead to temptation.