When you are tempted, you will sometimes suffer in your flesh. “Deadly” sin is presented before you like a trophy or gold, so you will feel the strong urge to satisfy your flesh, but after saying no to sin, you will feel like you are suffering instead of feeling victorious. Why? Because your flesh wants what it “wants.”
If anyone is honest, they will let you know that the idea of fornicating felt good and saying no to it made them feel miserable. But then when they wait a while in the presence of Yahweh, they eventually realize just how victorious they really are in saying no to the devil.
They will see that saying yes to sin is like having sex with a snake or laying up in the bed with a dirty hog.
Hebrews 2:18 tells us that Jesus “himself suffered when he was tempted.” That is why “He is able to help those who are being tempted.”
Jesus is our High Priest who is merciful and faithful. He is merciful because He can relate to the temptations we face because He experienced those same temptations. Plus, He endured His mission on earth and did not give up because He was obedient to His Father.
So, we have no excuse.
We praise God for Jesus, our great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14) who can “sympathize with our weaknesses” because He was tempted but chopped off the neck of sin (verse 15). Now we can do the same by His blood and through the aid of the Holy Spirit.
I'm sure if Jesus was walking the earth today in the flesh He would be tempted with sins such as lying, stealing, homosexuality, pride, shame, witchcraft, fornication, and discord. But guess what? He would not endorse any of those filthy lifestyles and He does not expect us to embrace those sins either.
Thank You Jesus for showing us how to conquer sin. You were tempted yet You continued to say, “NO!” Now we too can also say no to sin.
Jesus is the radiance of God's Glory
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