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Handling temptation Jesus’ way (1)

17 January 2023
‘For forty days he was tempted by the devil.’

Here’s some practical advice from Jesus for handling temptation:

1) Your temptations are like the ones He faced. ‘Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are’ (Hebrews 4:15 CEV). Other people might not understand how bad our temptations are, but Jesus does. The fact that ‘He was tempted in every way’ means that He’s been there, felt the urge, and understands our vulnerability first-hand. We can turn to Him when temptation hits, confident that He’s walked the same path and He’ll help us.

2) Temptation often comes after spiritual victory. Jesus had just been baptised, the Holy Spirit descended on Him, and God declared His pleasure in His Son – then Satan struck with full force (see Matthew 3:16-17; 4:1-11). Great spiritual moments can leave us with our guard down, so we’re vulnerable to attack. Paul said, ‘If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!’ (1 Corinthians 10:12 NIV). People often crash and burn after big accomplishments. For example, a minister can be more vulnerable to temptation after giving a great sermon.

3) Temptation comes when you’re exhausted. Forty days without eating had left Jesus physically depleted. When our resources are drained, we’re a prime target for attack. Lack of sleep, an unhealthy diet, taking on too much, anxiety, and discouragement can all open the door to temptation. When we feel down, our focus blurs, our awareness is dulled, our spiritual edge blunts, and we’re not on guard against the Enemy’s schemes. The Bible says, ‘Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up’ (1 Peter 5:8 MSG).


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Pray that you’d always turn to God first whenever you're faced with temptation.

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