Luke 4:1-2, “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.”
Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus was also a man. A man who was subject to endure the very things that we, as humans, also endure. One of those things that He endured is temptation. Just like we endured temptation.
Temptation is one of the tougher sins to deal with. Temptation is defined as a desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise. Jesus did not submit to temptation because He is perfect and cannot do wrong or unwise acts. We, however, are not perfect. We do unwise and wrong things daily. We can be tempted daily without realizing it. Tempted to cheat on a test. Tempted to take money from a cash till. Tempted to fake numbers on a spreadsheet. Temptation is all around.
So what do we do about temptation? Treat it as Jesus treated it. Every time He was tempted by the devil, He quoted the Bible. When we get into a situation that seems wrong, we need to turn to God and the Bible to ask if it is wrong or not. When you are tempted to steal, know that one of the Ten Commandments is “Do not Steal.” This may be a very obvious example but this is how we are to best avoid temptation.
God is there for us if we call on Him. Prayer is also a tool that can be used against temptation. When everyone at the office wants you to do something wrong, step away and pray. Pray to God for His strength and for the knowledge to do what is right. God will direct Your path. Also, the Holy Spirit will also help you. If you have a feeling that something may be wrong, you are probably right. Listen to the Spirit.
Avoid temptation. Turn this sin into a non-existent part of your life. If we treat temptation like Jesus did, it will no longer have control over our lives. This is as much for me as it is for all. I always find that the closer I come to God, the stronger the pull from the devil is to do what he wants. Fight this off. Cling to God. God will help us through our trials and temptations.
Thank You for all that You do for us daily. When we are tempted, we know that You are there. You are always there. We can count on that. I pray that we all remember that You are there to help us and that we are not on our own. With Your strength, we can defeat anything. With You, we are bigger than anything. You made all things and You are in control. Lord, we give You all the glory, praise and honor that You deserve. Thank You for Jesus, who paved the way for us to live.
In Your name we pray,