We all experience temptation at one point or another, no one is exempt from being tempted. No believer should think that he or she can withstand any temptation, for such pride can lead to a fall.1 Cor10: 12-17.
Being tempted is not sin; however giving in to temptation results in sin. Fortunately, we do not have to face those temptations without assistance, for we have a faithful God who will make ways through which we can be victorious.
1John 5:4-5 for whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
God does not allow us to come under temptation so strong we cannot escape it, his indwelling Spirit can give us the strength we need to turn away and walk out of every temptation- filled situation (James 4:7) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
We must never think we have become so strong spiritually that we cannot be tempted to doubt and sin. As much as we wish we could reach a point of sinless perfection, the Bible indicates in 1John 3:2 we will not be perfect until we see Jesus.
The Apostle Paul addressed the Corinthians (1Cor 10: 12-17) challenging those that were wise enough to ponder on the words he spoke, draw their own conclusion and make whatever mental and spiritual adjustments needed to be able to withstand temptation.
When temptation comes your way, remember that temptation comes from Satan in an attempt to defeat you. You are not defeated but victorious because Jesus died for you and defeated Satan. You can stand not because of your own strength or commitment but because Jesus gave his life for you.
Missionary Karen Mason