Day 22 - Temptation
“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by satan.” --Luke 4:1-2
Jesus was a man. Think about that for a minute.
Two thousand years after He lived and died, we talk about Jesus as God, which He is; we talk about Him as an idea; we throw His name around in religious or church conversations; at Christmas time we place His plastic figure in a wooden box on our kitchen counter; but He was a real man who lived on the earth.
In this instance, we see a man who was about 30 years old, being tempted by satan to sin by denying God’s authority in His life. I don’t know about you, but that sounds a lot like my life. Fortunately for all of us, Jesus being fully man and fully God, dealt much better with the temptation that came His way than you or I could, but the same things we experience as temptation that pull our hearts away from God, Jesus felt when He was alive. He felt loneliness, he felt starvation, he cried, he laughed, he ate and drank (Matt.11:19).
Remember what we studied concerning the Holy Spirit back on the second day of this study: we have Him with us just as Jesus did, which was the reason why He was able to resist the devil’s temptations. It wasn’t Jesus’s divinity that allowed Him to overcome evil in those weak moments; it was His desire to allow God’s strength to become His strength through the Spirit.
In what ways do you feel you can learn to lean more on the Holy Spirit for strength in times of temptation and weakness? If you’re having difficulty coming up with anything, it can start with a simple prayer asking God for help.