“Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)
Temptation is best understood once we have recognized that we’ve been tempted. It takes courage and strength to say the words, “I have been tempted and failed, or I have been tempted and I overcame this time.”
Sin does not discriminate; it applies its poison equally to everyone. If by chance we manage to overcome any tempting encounter, it isn’t by self-will alone, it is God standing there in the midst of the garden with us. It’s a daily struggle to stay on the path that leads to spiritual wholeness. Yet, always we need to know that God is love, God is peace, and God is our strength when the struggle is too difficult to manage alone.
Most people aren’t suited to bear the anxiety of being tempted. The lure that deceit dangles in clear sight is directly tied to either our strengths or our weaknesses. Sometimes it can be a combination of the two.
Often we stand gazing into temptation and wonder why we were not able to resist. In those moments when we fail, we can come to God and experience His forgiveness and grace all over again. This is the beauty of the Gospel. Yes, we must resist sin and flee from temptation but when we do fall short, we have a loving God who desires to forgive.
Our best defense is to know ourselves thoroughly enough to ask God for support through troubled times. We need to ask for God’s grace and mercy. If we learn to do this fervently, we will receive the crown of life as a promise from the Lord. Whenever we experience temptation or uncertainty, all we need is to pray for God’s guidance to lead us toward spiritual victory.
“When Tempted, God will always show you a way out. “
Heavenly Father, please continue to be right by our side and give us strength when we are tempted. Father, keep me safe from temptations and the hidden attacks of satan and give me power and authority over the areas in my life I struggle, That I may l be able to live in peace. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to Your heart, for this is the desire of my soul, Help me to totally surender and truly commit my life to You, trusting in Your faithfulness to accomplish all that You have promised to do. I love and praise You. in Jesus’ name Amen
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