Dear fellow disciple-maker,
It is easy to assume that others do not really understand the temptations and pressure we are under. Somehow we have the notion that no one can fully relate to our situation. While this is a commonly held belief, it is not true. No matter what struggle we are facing, Jesus is the one person who can both sympathize and help.
Jesus was Tempted
In Hebrews 2:18 we read, "Because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted." This is encouraging news to anyone who is tired and hurting. It gives us hope to realize that Jesus was tempted by the very same sins into which we sometimes fall. The tendency is to put Jesus into a separate category from our human experience and unconsciously regard him as a person who could not be tempted. The truth is Jesus was tempted but never sinned. That is the difference. While we are tempted and sometimes yield to temptation, Jesus never did.
Christ in Your Battle
If you are going through a dark period in your life, remember Jesus also suffered and went through it before you. If you are in the middle of a difficult battle, remember that Jesus also suffered and has faced the same enemy. Be encouraged! Christ has carried the same load you are carrying and has traveled down the same road you are on right now.
Since Jesus endured temptation and did not give in to sin, he can help us remain strong and do the same. Do not be afraid, for Christ is in the battle with you. Our protection lies in staying close to Him. Sometimes the temptations we are facing have a purpose; and that purpose may be to draw us nearer to Jesus. Blessed is any struggle that drives us to the arms of Jesus. Blessed are any wounds that motivate us to seek the help of Jesus, the Great Physician.
Look to the Savior
believers think they cannot be tempted without sinning, but they are mistaken.
There is no sin in being tempted, only in yielding to temptation. Jesus was
tempted, but Jesus never sinned. As a result, He knows what it is like to
suffer. He also knows what it is like to triumph. His presence and power can help
us today. If you are being tempted, look to your tempted Savior. He can
sympathize with your weaknesses and will help you find a way out. Is sin
crouching at the door of your heart? Remember Hebrews 2:18. Because he suffered when he was
tempted, he is able to help you.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape (I Corinthians 10:13).
Author: Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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