Last night I opened up my Bible to Matthew chapter 4: 4-11 which if you’re not familiar with is the passage of Scripture where Satan tries to tempt the Lord Jesus…
4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”[a]
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’
‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”[b]
7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”[c]
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you,[d] Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”[e]
11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
Every one of us will have temptations of some sort on a daily basis. It is not a sin to be tempted. Jesus Christ is the pure, holy, spotless lamb of God but He came down to this earth in the form of a man and experienced temptation like any man. He experienced, hunger, thirst and pain. The only difference was that he never once sinned. So, it only becomes a sin if you give in to that temptation.
If you do give in to temptation, remember that there is forgiveness in Christ for the Christian. He is greater than our sin and it is by His mercies that we are not consumed. His lovingkindness and steadfastness are new every morning. However, remember that the grace of God is not a license to keep on sinning, so don’t take it for granted. God didn’t send his only beloved son into this fallen world to die for nothing. When we sin we hurt God’s heart and cause Him grief and sorrow because we are showing unthankfulness for what he has done for us.
If you do sin, repent and ask God’s forgiveness and be thankful for a new day to live and walk in obedience and strive to do your best to “abstain from all appearance of evil”. Remember, Christ died for your sins – both past and present. He also took away your guilt.
Pursue God wholeheartedly, read your Bible daily and pray without ceasing. Put on the whole armour of God (see Ephesians chapter 6: 10 -19)! That is the key to stopping the fiery darts of Satan and his demons. Remember that temptation is a daily struggle. Each individual will experience temptation but it may not be the same sort. Do your best to avoid temptation at all costs! Sometimes we will fall, but we have a faithful God who will pick us up when we repent and confess our sins to Him. Isn’t that wonderful?
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Luke 22:40 When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.
2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation;
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
May God Bless you!