In yesterday’s devotion, we learned that we are free from slavery to sin through Christ. We are no longer slaves to sin. Hallelujah!
That realization comes with another important question—the question of temptation. Does being free from slavery to sin mean we will never be tempted? Not at all! In fact, Jesus promises we will receive our fair share of temptation:
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting!” — Luke 17:1 (NLT)
Yes, we are free from slavery to sin but that is not to say that we are not free from being tempted. The devil will continue to look for every occasion to tempt you. He will continue to prowl around like a hungry lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
Think about Jesus’ experience after He had been baptized by John the Baptist. The Bible says Jesus was led into the wilderness where He fasted and prayed for 40 days and 40 nights. If you were on a 40-day fast, what results would you expect? I am sure you would envisage an awesome time in God’s presence and would probably anticipate being filled with God’s power in an inexplicable way. Maybe you would even encounter a miracle, right?
But what happened as soon as Jesus finished His fast? Immediately after Jesus completed His fast the devil came to tempt Him. While Jesus was being tempted, heaven kept silent. It was only after he had overcome that we see heaven responding by sending angels to minister to Him.
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. — Matthew 4:11
Scripture affirms that temptation is inevitable—even after moments of consecration and separation. More importantly, Jesus’ example in the wilderness reminds us that God will never allow a temptation beyond our ability. That is why heaven remained silent each time the devil enticed Jesus with worldly desires. God knew His Son could take it. As Author Campbell Morgan aptly said, “Holiness is not freedom from temptation, but power to overcome temptation.”
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. — 1 Corinthians 10:13
God knows that through Him you have what it takes to overcome temptation; He has already vetted and approved each one.
- Think about temptations you have dealt with in the past. How has God empowered you to overcome them?
- What temptation do you still face? How can you hand them over to God? What practical steps to overcome them can you take?
Thank You, Lord, for making me an overcomer; help me to walk in this victory and to overcome every temptation that comes my way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.