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A re-post of an old post from Devotional Treasures, dealing with a subject we all face often.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

Matthew 4:1-3 (NASB)

Temptation is an insidious intruder in our lives at many levels, in small and large things. At present I am trying to cut out unhealthy eating habits and lose weight, and believe me there are plenty temptations jumping out at me at every opportunity. The demons know my dietary weaknesses (yes, there is more than one!) and attack these weaknesses often. This may be considered a small thing, but I believe such little cracks lead to huge fractures eventually – that is how temptations work. But to look on the positive side, temptations are also the equivalent of a spiritual exercise in resistance to sin.

In the Christian walk our Father God allows temptations, to stretch our spiritual muscles to strengthen them in Him. That was what was happening in the wilderness with our Lord Jesus, He was being tested as a man in the face of temptation. Our body needs exercise or we end up getting soft and a bit podgy; it is the same with our spiritual relationship with God – it needs exercise. The permitted agent of temptation is the devil and you better believe that he takes his job seriously. As in our verse today, Satan waited until Jesus was at His lowest point with hunger; he will also tempt us when we are at our weakest. He is a coward at heart, not wanting to engage with someone at the top of their game.

Dear reader, are you being tempted today? Then rejoice, for the devil only spends time attacking those working effectively for the Kingdom of God. That is why he attacked our Lord in the wilderness, He was going to do great things for His Father God. Read further in Matthew 4 and you will see how Jesus defeated temptation; by rebuking the tempter with scripture. When the tempter whispers in your ear follow your Lord’s example, and send him packing back to the pit with the Word of God!

10 thoughts on “Tackling Temptation

  1. You’ve wrapped such words of encouragement into this post Alan. Whenever temptation strikes I feel so beat down by it that I feel like I complain about it to God rather than praise Him. Your words, “In the Christian walk our Father God allows temptations, to stretch our spiritual muscles to strengthen them in Him. . . Then rejoice, for the devil only spends time attacking those working effectively for the Kingdom of God” are fuel for fighting back against the temptation by praising the Lord for it. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you dear sister. Yes our temptation is a proof of victory in Jesus, one which will pay handsome dividends if we rebuke the tempter! Praise God for His hand on us today.
      May our Father continue to guide and bless you today.

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  2. Amen Alan. It’s important to see clearly, that God is for us in the midst of our trials. He cares deeply as we battle in our flesh, yet gives us comfort and affirmation as we walk humbly through the valley.

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