Jesus. Was. Tempted.
Sometimes it’s still hard for me to comprehend that Jesus, the SON of GOD, really was fully human while also fully God.
I’ll never forget when this Scripture really hit home for me the first time. It was so liberating.
For the first 3-4 years of my salvation I had it in my head that it was wrong to be tempted. I firmly believed that being tempted was a sin and a sign of weakness. If I’m truly saved and cleansed by the blood of Jesus, I shouldn’t even be tempted to do anything wrong or unholy… should I?
As you can imagine, this mindset was the cause of a lot of shame, regret, and bondage in my life. If I was tempted to sin in any way, big or small, I would immediately start repenting and begging God to cleanse me again. How could I call myself a Christian, a child of God, when I wanted to do things that were not Christ-like?
When I was 16 I was really battling with this, having been saved since I was 12, and I read this Scripture. I couldn’t believe it. JESUS was tempted? Not only that, THE SPIRIT LED HIM TO BE TEMPTED. That can’t be right. He’s JESUS. He never sinned, He never did any wrong. The only sin that Jesus ever bore was mine and your’s.
And then it hit me…
It’s not temptation that is a sin, it’s whatever I’m being tempted to do that is the sin. Being tempted is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of humanity and a great opportunity to show (1) God’s strength and (2) how much more we want Him. My flesh will always want what it wants. Being tempted is not a sign of weakness, overcoming temptation is the greatest sign of strength. Not my strength, because I am weak and unable to resist, but a sign of God’s strength in me.
The Sin is not in being tempted, the sin is in giving into temptation. A Christian’s greatest testimony is not, “I have never been tempted,” a Christian’s greatest testimony is, “Yes, I wanted to do that, but I wanted God more.”
Jesus was tempted to show us that it is possible to overcome, to show us the power of Scripture, and to show us what a desire for God and righteousness can do.
If you’re being tempted today, don’t allow satan to condemn you, allow God to convict you. Just as Jesus did, use the power of Scripture to overcome Satan’s advances. Allow God to shine and prove that He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. Use every temptation as an opportunity to show just how amazing God truly is. ♡
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Forever; I choose Jesus.
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