Jesus Was Led Into Temptation – Shall We Follow in His Steps?
The enemy of our souls, the devil, has many ways of deception and attack. One of them is to get us to think we are strong enough to test ourselves with temptation, or to be around temptation because we feel strong. The Scriptures however never suggest we should think or act like this. The principles woven into the Proverbs passage on the strange woman, the harlot, are applicable to any realm of temptation. That passage warns us, “Therefore hear me now, my children, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. Remove your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel one; lest aliens be filled with your wealth, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner; and you mourn at last, when your flesh and your body are consumed, and say: “How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised correction! 13 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me! 14 I was on the verge of total ruin, in the midst of the assembly and congregation.”” Proverbs 5:7-14 (NKJV)
Jesus “…was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” Matthew 4:1 (NKJV)
The Bible says we should pray: “Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13 (NKJV)
The enemy of your soul wants you to say to pray, “Lord, as I go into temptation, make me strong.” But the wise thing to pray is, “Lord, keep me far from temptation, lead me not into temptation.
Jesus faced the devil’s temptations in full force. He did that on our behalf, so that we would not need to, so that we could be delivered from evil; so that we could pray, “Lead us not into temptation” and get powerful answers to that prayer; assistance from Heaven!
May God “…grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.” Luke 1:74-75 (NKJV)
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