Can you imagine being led to temptation? At your total weakness?
Offered the desires of your flesh; free for the taking!
Taken into a room full of exactly and precisely what you desire.
Perhaps it’s the warmth of a him or her for a night?
Or maybe a bag of cash to squander, gamble?
A room alone in front of a computer to watch porn, or to a tavern full of laughter and drink?
Or to the corner with a pocket full of cash to grab the drug of your choice?
Or power, to rule, money to give you that power, so that your chest can puff full of pride?
JESUS didn’t imagine it. It happened. Right after HE was baptized and filled with the HOLY SPIRIT.
John 4:1-2 describes it like this: “JESUS, full of the HOLY SPIRIT, left the Jordan and was led by the SPIRIT into the wilderness, where for forty days HE was tempted by the devil. JESUS ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them HE was hungry.”
No food for 40 days! That surely would leave me or you open and vulnerable to caving in, don’t ya think?
However, if you notice, it was right after JESUS was baptized, full of the HOLY SPIRIT. HE possessed the power within to resist! And so HE did!!
And guess what? We do too! We possess that same power!
We can throw around the words “By the power of the HOLY SPIRIT” or the verse “I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13)- but:
Do. You. Believe?
Resist the devil, and he shall flee (James 4:7b)
I got JESUS. HE is with me all day long. I walk with HIM and talk with HIM. But that doesn’t mean temptation don’t fly in my direction.
However, I do possess the power of the HOLY SPIRIT TO RESIST!
I only need to do one thing:
P A U S E!
And then use the truth of scripture, the GOD breathed words provided just for us!
See, you and me, we are going to be tempted in big and small ways..... but, we got the power to resist!!!! Because we have a GOD who loves us. And helps us.
But we do have to take a step out, pause and call out unto HIM!