I met with my prayer group tonight and we talked about the scripture reading from Matthew when Jesus was tempted. There is much to gleen from this passage. But one thing that we really discussed was the difference between temptation and sin. Jesus was tempted, but he didn’t sin. So, when I am tempted to do something that I know is the wrong thing to do, I don’t need to feel upset or ashamed. The sin happens if I act upon that temptation. In the scripture, Jesus said, “Get away Satan!” And that ended it. I actually have said those words out loud in particularly difficult situations. They are powerful, especially when you use them in the name of Jesus. Reading the scripture was a good reminder of how to combat temptations.
I Found God today in His example of how to fight temptations.