My Utmost for His Highest ~ 1935
Oswald Chambers ~
“Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” James 1:14
1obsolete a: pleasure, delight b: personal inclination : wish
Note: I personally love when a dictionary defines a definition as obsolete as Webster’s online does above. This is ludicris! I find that the true meaning of any word, the fullness of the meaning, will be found in the obsolete…
Back to Oswald and todays devotional…
We are tempted away [from God, the things of God] by our own lust and then enticed [away].
I find that this version of the devotional points often to God putting Jesus “into the testing machine of the devil”. Oswald also points often that we, as Christians, are often put in these positions to “test” us.
Oswald states: ” By regeneration [choosing Born Again status] we are lifted into another realm where there are other temptations to face; the kind of temptations Jesus faced.”
I believe this actually saying that after, in our free will, we choose the life of Christ we are choosing to be tested in a more intense manner. This deeply King James version and Oswald’s fullness of wording cause me to read more deeply, to find the answers.
Oswald says… “Temptation means the test by an alien power of the possessions held by a personality.” thus explaining the Temptation of Christ.
” After Jesus in His baptism had accepted the vocation of bearing away the sin of the world. He was immediately put, by God’s Spirit, into the testing machine of the devil, but He did not tire. He went through the temptation ‘without sin’, and He retained the possessions of His personality intact.”
So, we, I, having excepted God’s Spirit in a vocation of living without sin, have allowed God to put me through the testing machine. Not the testing machine of the devil…rather the testing machine of my lusts…who needs satan to test us when we can be tested by our own depravity???
So what I have been taught has been bore out by scripture!! God did not place me in the testing machine. God does not test us…we accept the tests in an attempt to live a Holy life.
When we accept the challenge, with Jesus at our side, we will retain the possessions of our personality intact. In fact we will attain possession of His personality, Intact !!!
Just another epiphany from the bottom of the well…Still Looking Up…where my help comes from!