Temptations are those tests that we would never want to have in our daily life, but unfortunately they are the daily bread of every Christian and we must have the necessary tools to overcome them. The temptations not only reach you and me, but also came to Jesus’ life at certain times. And this is the good news, that our Master was tempted and could overcome, and in the same way it is very certain that God will give us victory in all our temptations.
Let’s read Matthew 4:
1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
One of the things that shows that we are true Christians is temptation and we can not avoid them, but we can overcome them, the greatest example of this was shown to us by Jesus Christ. He was led into the desert by the Spirit’s own will to be tempted. This does not mean that God tempts us, but it does mean that God allows temptation in our lives.
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Jesus and the temptation
Thinking about why the Lord God lets Satan tempt His children, I believe that the Lord wants to test our fidelity to Him. Besides, he wants us to move closer to Him by our prayer, seeking His fellowship through his Son Jesus Christ.
The saviour of sinners himself, Jesus, had to bear the Devil’s attacks to show us he is a true man, though a perfect man without sin. Matthew writes:
“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” (Matthew 4:1)
With temptation, the believer is tested so that he may give evidence that he is a person who wants to be faithful to his Lord; that he respects his holy Law, wants to learn of it and wishes to please Him.
Men and women of God have always shown their piety and dependency on Him by prayer. We can see that when we read the Holy Scriptures. The Lord Jesus Christ teaches us how necessary it is to pray to resist temptation:
“Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Prayer is the way to have spiritual contact with the Lord God, asking him his help to resist attacks from the Devil or his servants. It is good to pray and speak with the Lord so that he may increase our faith and give us spiritual joy. Thiz helps us to seek Jesus every day.
“And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” (Luke 18:1)
Prayer is the way we have to ask God through Jesus and in His name, for all our needs: both material and spiritual We ought to be constant in prayer, a silent prayer wherever we may be: at the moment of affliction, or when we feel Satan’s attacks.
Let’s pray always so that we may not fall into temptation