Why can’t I keep myself from getting angry, prideful, lustful…
Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil.¹ Sometimes the problem isn’t that we are filled with hot anger or intense sexual desires. Sometimes God leads us into areas, where we are going to be tempted. He doesn’t do the tempting, but he said, temptations will come.²We aren’t really tempted if it’s easy for us not to sin. It’s a temptation when it’s hard not to sin. It’s good to try and avoid temptations, but like Jesus, we should also pray for help through the temptations.³ Jesus had to learn obedience through what he suffered, until he was ready for his greatest temptation.⁴God never tempts us beyond what we can bear, but he prepares us for what is to come. He said each day has enough trouble of its own.⁵ All we can do is strive to please God each day, and he will prepare us for what is to come.
① Mathew 4:1 ② Luke 17:1 / James 1:13 ③ Luke 22:44 / Mathew 6:13 / Hebrews 5:7 ④ Hebrews 5:8 / Philippians 2:8 ⑤ Mathew 6:33-34
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