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He Aids Those Who Are Tempted

We all face temptation.  None of us can escape it.  The Bible says in James 1:14 (NKJV), “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.”  Our own flesh loves sin and seeks to fulfill its desires which includes any and everything.

The child of God has the blessing of the precious Holy Spirit abiding within us.  He enables us to be holy.  He helps us to overcome sin.  I am convinced that if a Christian sins, we do so because we want to sin.  We have the power to say no to sin (1 Corinthians 10:13; Titus 2:12).  I find noting in the New Testament to suggest that we need to sin or that we must sin.  No doubt those who live in the flesh are not that way (Romans 8:7-8).  Unbelievers walk in the flesh and they sin almost all the time without thought about it (Ephesians 4:17-19) but this is not the case for the disciple of Christ (Ephesians 4:20-32).  We are to imitate Christ (Ephesians 5:1) and this can only come through faithful dependence upon the Holy Spirit.

I was blessed today reading from Hebrews 2:17-18 which reads like this in the New King James Version:

Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

I love how that reads.  Notice that Jesus had to become flesh (John 1:14) in order for Him to be able to intercede before the Father on our behalf.  Because He was tempted in every way yet without sin, He is able to help us who are tempted by sin (Hebrews 4:15).  He stands before God the Father and He cries out for us.  He prays that we would be overcomers.  He prays that we would overcome sin.  He prays that we would resist the devil (Hebrews 2:14).  He gives us aid when being tempted.  Yet often I confess that it is much easier to sin than to look to Jesus for aid.  It is very much easier for me to just give in to my flesh or the sinful desire than to fight my flesh in the power of the Spirit.  But this ought not to be.  Jesus provides us aid as we look to Him and He lives to pray for us (Hebrews 7:25).

No matter what our struggle, I am convinced that Jesus came to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21).  He didn’t come to save us in our sins but from our sins.  He came to set us free (John 8:36; Galatians 5:1).  He came that we might have life (John 10:10) and not be bound by sins.  He gives us aid to help us overcome sin.  We cannot overcome sin in our own power but only in the power and grace of Jesus Christ.  But in Christ, we can be holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).  We can be free from sin.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/14/2012 at 4:44 PM

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