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Temptations

As I thought about the word, “temptation,” I thought of the lyrics to the song Yield Not to Temptation” that say, “Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin; each victory will help you some others to win.” The song does not say that we will not have temptation, it tells us to not yield to temptation. All of us will be tempted. Regardless of the strength of our faith, there will still be temptations that will confront us. None of us are immune from them. We deceive ourselves if we think we are free from temptation. In Matthew 4:3, we find these words:

“During that time, the devilcame and said to Him, ’If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.’”

In the first verse of this chapter, we find that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness where he would be tempted by the devil. He fasted 40 days and 40 nights and was hungry (verse 2). In verse 3 we see the first time that the devil tempted Him. The Lord had the power to turn stones to bread to satisfy His
hunger;  however, the Master was committed to do the Father’s will. He answered in verse 4,  ‘“No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’’’ Jesus knew that we would deal with more than physical hunger. He also knew that Satan was cunning and clever, so He did not allow Himself to fall into Satan’s hands. If Satan cannot get us to give in on the first or second try, he will continue to come after us. Only those strong in the Lord survive. Prayerfully, we are all strong in our faith, and will trust in the Lord to resist temptation however and whenever it comes.