Temptation comes at us all. That’s true. But, what if there was a way to defeat temptation? Would you try it? Or, would you ignore it…not caring whether you give in to temptation or not?
I’d like to believe that if there were a way to defeat temptation, everyone would jump on it! I mean: all of us have something we struggle with. And, we all say that we wish we were able to conquer the temptation that always seems to defeat us.
Temptation Can Be Defeated
We’ve accepted that it is impossible to defeat temptation. We excuse ourselves, telling ourselves that no one is perfect. We tell ourselves, we’re only human…so, it’s ok for us to give in to temptation from time to time.
We know the Lord is merciful. We know He is forgiving. We are told that so long as we repent, God will forgive us. So, we don’t try to stop sinning. We settle for continuously testing God’s mercy. But is that the best strategy?
Jesus Defeated Temptation in the Wilderness
No matter what you think, the reality is you must face the wilderness. Will you survive? Because you cannot make it to the Promised Land, if you don’t make it through the Wilderness. Mobb Deep told us: “there’s a war going on outside/no one is safe from…you can run but you can’t hide forever…” It’s true. You can’t run forever. There’s a war going on outside. So you better train.
By entering the wilderness, Jesus shows us how we must train to defeat temptation. He actually goes into the wilderness to show us how to get the devil to leave us alone.
There is a tool given to us so that we can defeat temptation. And, that tool is laid out in this message. Will you use the tool Jesus gave us? Or will you simply die in the wilderness?