Read Genesis 2:15-17 and Genesis 3:1-7. Are you frightened by tempting thoughts? Do you feel demoralised that you aren’t beyond temptation? Many Christians are, including me at times. The first thing that will help us resist temptation when it comes is to realise and remember that being tempted is not a sin. Jesus was tempted to sin.
Of course, unlike Eve, and unlike us, Jesus did not sin. And he stands ready to help when we face temptation. He understands our weakness because he has had to resist temptation himself. He was tempted to get angry. He was tempted to give up. In fact, the Bible says he was tempted in every way we are. But he did not sin. And he has the power to help us not to sin too.
Because Jesus was tempted to sin but did not sin, he can help you overcome any temptation that comes your way. He wants to help you. Ask him to defeat your fear and discouragement about being tempted and he will give you the power to resist the temptations you face each day.
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