Jesus himself faced temptations but refused to give in to them by remembering his identity and living out of it in the power of the Holy Spirit.
As a saint, you will be tempted to sin. But temptation and sin aren’t the same. To be tempted is not a sin. Rather, temptation is an invitation to sin. As a saint, you’ll be tempted to sin. When—not if—you are tempted, you are presented with an opportunity to either disobey God or worship God. Whether or not you sin all depends on how you respond. When you are tempted to sin, remember that you’re a saint. Knowing your identity in Christ is the key to victory over sin. Jesus modeled this truth for us.
Jesus himself faced temptations but refused to give in to them by remembering his identity and living out of it in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ example is a powerful model for us today. In Christ we are new creations, empowered by the Holy Spirit to deny sin and to worship God.
- What does the Bible say about the temptations you face? (They’re not uncommon to mankind.)
- How is God faithful to you when you are tempted? (God will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but will provide for you a way of escape.)
- Discuss times when you have been tempted to sin. What was your response?
Pray for forgiveness, if anyone in your family has succumbed to temptation. Ask God to give you strength to endure temptation and to help you see the door of escape when tempted.
This devotion is excerpted from the Who Do You Think You Are? Study Guides with Daily Devotions resource.