All of us have been tempted to do things we know are wrong and outside of the will of God. We face these temptations and when we fail, we often feel the guilt and shame from the sin that we committed. Even people that are trying to do the right thing will fall into traps that Satan uses to ensnare us. Some Christians feel as if their spiritual life is like a roller coaster where there are spiritual highs and spiritual lows that often come when we fail a test or give into temptation. There are many verses in Scripture that talk about temptation and testing. Many are given in the form of warnings, some verses show how Jesus was tested, and then one verse shows one instance where God invites us to test Him with our giving. I hope you consider not only the selected verses below but also study each passage and the context in Scripture to get the full meaning. May God bless you as you study His word.
Bible Verses about Temptation
Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Luke 4:13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.
Luke 11:4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”
Luke 22:40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
1 Corinthians 7:2 But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Timothy 6:9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
Bible Verses Warning Us About Testing the Lord
Exodus 17:2 There- fore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?”
Exodus 20:20 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.”
Deuteronomy 6:16 “You shall not put the LORD your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah.
1 Chronicles 29:17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.
2 Chronicles 32:31 And so in the matter of the envoys of the princes of Babylon, who had been sent to him to inquire about the sign that had been done in the land, God left him to himself, in order to test him and to know all that was in his heart.
Verses Where God Tests Man
Psalms 26:2 Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind
Jeremiah 9:7 Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: “Behold, I will refine them and test them, for what else can I do, because of my people?
Jeremiah 17:10 “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
One Verse Where God Welcomes Us To Test Him
Malachi 3:10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
Verses Where People Were Testing Jesus
Matthew 4:7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Matthew 22:18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites?
Mark 8:11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
Mark 12:15 But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.”
John 8:6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.
Are you being tested or tempted with something today?
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