The temptation to sin is a non-stop, clear and present danger and every Christian wants a method, principle, or technique; some way of avoiding the next stumble.
Jesus knew temptation intimately.
Hebrews 4:15 (ESV)
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
When Jesus was praying in the garden just before his arrest he admonished his drowsy followers:
Mark 14:38 (ESV)
38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
The reason we long for a weapon against temptation is because our spirit is willing; it doesn’t want to give in to sin. Yet, our flesh is weak. Jesus gives us the key to conquering temptation in our lives. We only need to apply it: watch and pray.
The idea here of watching is being vigilantly on guard. Jesus calls us to flee from passivity and actively go to a heightened state of alert against incoming temptation. Team this “watching” up with prayer; asking God to deliver us from the daily onslaught.
Jesus taught us to pray this way: “and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt. 6:13)
We fall into temptation because we seek to try to use fleshly methods (will-power and human intellect) to combat the threat, but our flesh is useless. Jesus wants us to wake up to the reality of the danger around us and call out to the Father to deliver us in the battle.
Spend some time asking the Lord to shed light on areas of temptation you’re currently facing. Ask Him to give you supernatural insight to temptation hazards and the empowerment to walk away and take hold of God’s best for your life. I’m praying with you.
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