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. Hebrews 4:15
We fail God every single day, breaking His laws and ultimately hurting ourselves by doing so. We are called to die to the desires of our flesh, but we do the opposite. Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in the sins we commit and the consequences that follow that we think a God as perfect as our own couldn’t possibly understand what we are going through. The father of lies works in our hearts in our most vulnerable moments to convince us that our sin makes us unworthy of God’s love.
But guess what? God sent His Son to become true man and live through the temptations we face daily. Matthew 4:1–11 gives us a perfect model of how to respond to temptation. The devil himself offered Jesus the world if He would simply bow down to him, but Jesus knew there was so much more than the human world waiting for Him. He stored up His treasure in heaven and combatted sin with the precious Word of God. Jesus resisted every temptation yet still payed the price for sins we just can’t resist. God says that He will never give us a temptation without a way of escape. Dear friends, Christ has already won the battle! Take a moment to thank Him and rejoice in the peace of knowing our greatest worldly battles are already won.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You that You overcame the temptations of the devil for me. Help me to live each day for You. In Your name I pray. Amen.
Haylie Williamson—NYG Participant—Our Savior Lutheran, Washington, IL
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