Neglected Biblical Truths
Temptation is Real – Part II
Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1-11
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Yesterday’s devotional reminds us that we do not have to cave to our temptations and sin against God. Remember that if we do sin, God does not condemn us.
Temptation is real and the tempter can be very persuasive! Though God does not allow Satan to tempt us with more than we can manage, there are times that we do not fight with all the tools that God has given us. Once the devil convinces us to cave to temptation, he then goes to work condemning us for our lack of self-control. This is when we must claim the truth in God’s Word.
Here are two scriptures we can use to confront feelings of condemnation:
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. (1 John 2:1)
If you feel condemnation, call the devil a liar and know that God is not condemning you. If you feel separated from God, remember that Jesus is your advocate, and He provides forgiveness and acceptance.
I get stronger in the Lord when I tell myself, after a failure, that I did not have to do it; I chose to cave to that sin. But if I try to make excuses for my failure or allow myself to believe the temptation was too strong for me, then these thoughts weaken my walk with God.
Let’s review some facts about temptation.
First, temptation does not make you sinful, Satan even tempted Jesus, as today’s Scripture Reading describes.
Second, you are responsible to avoid things that you know lead to temptations. Ask God to show you the “innocent” things that you might be doing that open the door to your weakness.
Third, God does not allow any temptation to come to you that is stronger than you can manage! Once you become a child of God, you never “have to” sin against God.
Fourth, become strong in the Lord by reading and studying Scripture, having daily prayer times, and not missing worship times with other believers.
Know that your failures are never final. Trust God’s love and forgiveness!
Father, I praise You for Your truth that sets me free! In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.