We will certainly face difficult times, and we’ll be tempted to sin against God. Satan knows us well enough to know what he can use in his attempts to get us to sin. However, if we have a great plan and work hard to prepare, temptations aren’t something to be dreaded, but opportunities to demonstrate our devotion to Jesus. He faced the same types of temptation we face. We might assume that, because a certain temptation feels unique to us, no one knows what we’re going through. However, Jesus knows, and we can stand against temptation in the same way He did.
Christians are called to reflect God in order to point others to Him—this is a very familiar idea, I’m sure. The beautiful reality is that God became a man and lived on earth in a way we could see, hear, and touch. As difficult as it may be to imagine, Jesus faced temptation, and we have the privilege of observing how He dealt with it. When Satan appealed to Jesus’ good desires and pushed Him to accept perverted versions of what the Father had for Him, Jesus fought back by appealing to the Scriptures. Jesus’ battle plan was simply, “It is written.” The temptations you and I face are the same. We desire good things, but accept versions that are outside God’s will for us because we don’t know what God says, or we do know, but we’d rather do it our way.
- This week, devote yourself to knowing God’s Word more thoroughly than you ever have. Then commit to living according to what you know. Pray that you’ll be able to help students buy into Jesus’ battle plan.
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