By Douglas M. Williams Sr
“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13).
“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41).
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:13-15).
“No temptation has overtaken except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12).
“The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation” (2 Peter 2:9).
We can be assured that the devil is at work and he tempts everyone. Even Jesus was tempted as stated in Matthew 4:1-11. But how thankful we should be that with God’s help we can resist temptation as stated in the above verses. And when we do yield to temptation that we can be forgiven because of God’s love and the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross. The words of a song are encouraging as it states:
“Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin; each victory will help you, some other to win; … dark passions subdue. Look ever to Jesus: He’ll carry you through.”