What are temptations?

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Temptations are the type of trials through which the devil, the world and our sinful flesh try, by deceitful means, to seduce us away from God’s Word into false belief, fleshly carelessness and other sins, and finally into unbelief. The tempter presents sin to us as something good, advantageous and pleasant. If he succeeds in getting us to fall, he tries to make us believe, that our sin is so great, that it will not be forgiven. The tempter wants us to remain in unbelief as slaves of sin, and finally be eternally damned.

James 1:13-14: Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God... But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away, of his own lust, and enticed.

Prov. 1:10: My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Matt. 18:7: Woe unto the world because of offences!

Gen. 4:7: Sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.