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by Danny Boggs
It is not wrong to be tempted to do wrong. Jesus “in every respect was tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15). Temptation to sin arrives early and stays with us the rest of our lives. “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12). To fail to fight temptation finally results in the kind of death none of us wants to die (James 1:15).
What will lead us to the crown of life instead of the crash of death? Let’s follow the example of Jesus! Read Matthew 4:1-11. The devil tempted Jesus during a most vulnerable time, yet Jesus scored the victory. How did he do it?
(1) Jesus enjoyed access to God Himself. He had just spent forty days in intimate fellowship with His Father. He was physically weak but spiritually as strong as ever.
(2) Jesus had a strong affinity for God’s Word. He knew it well and countered each of the devil’s ploys with a reliant quotation of Scripture.
(3) Jesus lived in absolute submission to God’s will. Jesus knew that nothing the devil offered matched the security and glory of God’s plan for His life.
We all lose battles, but we must win the war! Jesus died and rose again to give us the same access He enjoys to His Father. He teaches us to love God and obey His Word at all cost. His way is the only way to effectively handle temptation.
How Jesus Handled Temptation