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Two Ways to Handle Temptation
by Norman P. Grubb

Raise Shield of Faith

The two ways in which we do meet temptation are, firstly, if possible, be quick enough to lift the shield of faith. There are many times when we’re able to do that. Eph. 6—“The shield of faith which quenches the fiery darts.” Now, he shoots that fiery dart in and we feel it sizzling on the way. But, blessed be God, He has taught us to walk with Him and we know how to lift up the shield or faith when temptation comes. Lift up the shield of faith! We have felt it, certainly we have felt it because that’s what temptation is. We feel the attraction. “No, I’m not taking that. In Christ’s name I’m not taking that. I’m crucified with Christ. Christ! Christ is in me. I’m not taking that.” And off he runs. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Thank God you know that. Many, many times we are sharp enough to do that; many, many times. But sometimes we’re not.

Honestly Confess Sin

Before we can get right with Him the temptation comes and we are attracted and we are too slow. Now, brothers and sisters, when we’re not sharp enough to resist the devil, be honest and confess. It won’t affect most of us here, but may I say that one of the dangers of the sanctified life is trying to defend the doctrine instead of walking with Jesus. We think, “Oh, I’m sanctified. Therefore, of course, I couldn’t lose my temper. That wasn’t really my temper, that was just temperament, that’s all. That’s just infirmity.” Infirmity is a wonderful word when you are sanctified. You get out of calling it sin, you know. No, no, no, no. Sin is sin! Don’t be fooled. We walk, praise God, we do walk the holy life. When sin comes in, don’t you call it anything else. Call it sin, and then the Blessed Cleansing Blood reaches you at once. Call it sin! The Lord says, “Yes, that’s what I gave Jesus for—that’s why Jesus died. You’re free!” And off we walk happily again praising the Lord, using our testimony for His glory.

So those are the two ways in which we meet temptation. We’re always going to face temptation. We can often be quick enough and pull that shield of faith up. Say in the name of the Lord, “No, I’m not having that. Christ lives in me. And I’m not having that.” Off he goes. The victory’s been won. Sometimes we don’t win. Sometimes he comes in and really comes in. When he does, face it like a man, or rather, like a broken sinner. Get down! Get down and say, “Lord, I’m caught out. The devil’s caught me out. Praise God, I confess it to you. Praise God, I take the Precious Blood.” Praise God for the Precious Blood. Free again! Those are the ways to meet temptation.

So we are going to be tempted and very often, by the grace of God, we shall not fall and increasingly we shall not fall. Yes, but we do fall. Then let’s be candid. We do fall. Well, when we fall put it right. That’s the simple life. So may God bless us and help us to learn something more of this continued life in the Spirit. Amen.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Temptation”

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