Luke 17:1 (AMP) 17 And [Jesus] said to His disciples, Temptations (snares, traps set to entice to sin) are sure to come, but woe to him by or through whom they come!
We can stay one step ahead of the devil. Temptation is all around us. Temptation to be greedy, self-centered, lie, cheat, steal, gossip, etc. There are not many people who do not face temptation every single day. Temptation is not sin. We cannot condemn ourselves for our feelings or temptations. There will always be a war going on inside of us to make the right decision rather than to act on our temptations.
One way to help us resist temptations is to study and understand what the bible says about life. Not just read the bible, but study and understand the bible. The bible is not there for us to read and memorize verses it is there for us to learn how to live our lives. We can memorize verses but unless we understand them and know how to apply them to our lives it is useless without the application of that knowledge. To handle temptation properly we need to study the word.
Temptation is going to come. Temptation will test us. The bible does not say we won’t be tempted. Jesus was tempted. It’s nice that the place we go to in prayer about temptation understands what it is like to be tempted. Jesus was able to face temptation without sinning. Having said that, we are not Jesus – but Jesus understand what we go through when we face temptation.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (AMP) 15 For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. 16 Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].
We can go to God when we need help – Jesus understands what we are going though. Whatever we are going through right now is a test. When we pass the test we will come out stronger than we were before we were tested.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen