Well before you were a Christian, temptation was a reality, and we may give into things, but in many ways, we probably lived our lives seeing what we can get away with. If no one knows, then it’s ok. What’s it matter if it is wrong?
Now, as a Christian, I know there are things that are wrong. And I know that I, and you, are tempted every day to do things that we know are wrong. And I know that we tend to give into temptation.
And, we don’t like it. I don’t like the way that I feel when I fall. I don’t like the way that I feel when I choose wrong. I don’t like the way that I feel when I give into temptation.
We long for a day when we don’t face temptation. We love for a day when don’t have deal with this struggle. We wish we didn’t have to face it.
But know this. When we do face temptation, we serve a God that understands. We serve a God, that through His son, understands what we are going through. That has been where we are. And knows.
Listen to what the Word says in Hebrews 4:15-16:
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. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Today, the Lord knows your temptations, knows your weaknesses, and knows your struggles. He has been there. He has walked it. He knows.
So, when we turn to Him in our moment of temptation and weakness, He will be there. He will give us strength and courage. He will give us what we need to fight it, to stand up against it, and to overcome it.
And when we fall, He will pick us up again. He will love us. He will forgive us.
Temptation is a constant struggle. And I am thankful to serve a God that understands it. And that walks with us, even in the midst of it.
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