A few people have asked for the Oswald Chamber’s quote on temptation that I used in the sermon yesterday. It is contained in a devotional that I have used for over 20 years, My Utmost for His Highest. This particular quote is marked September 18th, His Temptation and Ours. I have included Oswald Chambers in my list of “dead” mentors. These men and women have influenced me with their writings and their life stories. One of the best biographies of Oswald Chambers that I have read is, Oswald Chambers: Abadoned by God, The Life Story of the Author of My Utmost for His Highest. “September” in the devotional has been one of my favorate months as well.
Until we are born again, the only kind of temptation we understand is that mentioned by St. James—”Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” But by regeneration we are lifted into another realm where there are other temptations to face, viz., the kind of temptations Our Lord faced. The temptations of Jesus do not appeal to us, they have no home at all in our human nature. Our Lord’s temptations and ours move in different spheres until we are born again and become His brethren. The temptations of Jesus are not those of a man, but the temptations of God as Man. By regeneration the Son of God is formed in us, and in our physical life He has the same setting that He had on earth. Satan does not tempt us to do wrong things; he tempts us in order to make us lose what God has put into us by regeneration, viz., the possibility of being of value to God. He does not come on the line of tempting us to sin, but on the line of shifting the point of view, and only Spirit of God can detect this as a temptation of the devil. –Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest.