Hebrews 2:18 Help Is Available

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:18

Many people who are struggling with something are also often looking for help to overcome the struggle. They want to be able to get past whatever the problem is and is willing to seek help.

There are thousands of different self-help books on nearly anything and everything that a person may want help in. Yet, many will also refuse to look for the help that is available to them. They want to do it completely on their own, even though they are failing at it.

After pointing out who Jesus is, the writer points out that Jesus also suffered every time He was tempted. Since He suffered under temptation, He is able to help anyone suffering under temptation.

While the world really does not care about temptation to sin, the believer recognizes it and tries to overcome the temptations. Many believers fall to the temptation, because they are unwilling to seek help or to take the escape plan that is available to them.

Pride tells a believer that he can do it on his own, but God’s word says that everyone needs help. Jesus had undergone some of the greatest temptations that any person could possibly go through, yet, He did not fall to the temptation and sin. He had to suffer in the body and mind in the process of overcoming the temptations.

Since Jesus had overcome temptation, He is able and willing to help everyone who is also struggling with temptation. Jesus used God’s word to overcome the temptations in His life and the believer can use it also.

When the believer looks at the life of Jesus and sees that it is possible to overcome temptation, it can give him hope and strength to do it himself.

As with every person, you also have temptations that come your way trying to get you to sin against God. Turn your focus upon God and His word and seek His Holy Spirit to guide you in the path away from the temptation. Do not allow yourself to succumb to the temptation, but overcome it, just as Jesus did.

Jesus had perfect victory and is willing to show you the way to have that same victory over temptations.

Are you willing to overcome the temptations? Or you are just going to give into the temptations?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn to God’s word for guidance; that you will accept help from Jesus to overcome temptations; that you will reject all temptations to sin against God; and that you will live as Jesus lived.

1 Corinthians 10:13 Always A Way Out

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Every person deals with personal desires that they often should not have. In each and every case they have a choice to make as to whether to follow those desires or not.

Most often people give into those desires or temptations, because in their heart that is what they really want. After giving in, many will blame others or that the temptation was too great for them to turn it down.

Paul points out that all temptations are common to all people. He also points out that God will always make a way to get out of the temptation.

Just as the world will fall into temptations to do the wrong thing, many believers also give into temptations. They will often say that it was just too much for them to turn away from the temptation.

Although this may be true about the non-believer, it is not true for the believer. Every time that a believer is tempted, all one needs to do is to look to God for guidance and strength.

God does not want any believer to ever sin in any way. With this desire in His heart, He always makes a way that the believer can take in order to get out from under that temptation.

The most basic and simple ways to avoid the temptation are to flee it, begin to worship God, pray, read God’s word and go and be His witness. In other words, the believer must do what God has called him to do. Doing these things removes the power and desire of the temptation.

You are not alone in being tempted. There is nothing that you are tempted with that is not common for others. Every time that a temptation comes your way, and it will, refocus your attention upon God.

Do not give in to the temptation, causing you to sin against God. Allow God to guide you away from that temptation. The more you turn down a temptation, the easier it becomes to turn it down.

God is faithful and will always open a door to getting away from every temptation. Be willing to take that door out.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God for guidance in walking His path for you; that you will flee all temptation; and that you will see the door God provides to getting out of temptation to sin against Him.

1 Corinthians 10:13 A Way Out

 

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No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Temptation is the desire to do something that is usually wrong to do. It is doing something that a person is not supposed to do. Temptation started in the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve and has never stopped. It is not sin in itself. The act of acting upon that temptation is what becomes sin for a person.

The power of temptation is different for each person, depending on what the temptation is. For some people, the temptation to smoke is never a problem. They are so much against the idea of smoking that there never seems to be any real temptation. While with another person, just seeing a cigarette causes them to want one and smoke it.

Many people, however, claim that they cannot help but give into the temptation. They feel that they have no option but to give in. Often they state that they are addicted and cannot help but do the temptation. Most temptations are dealt around self and pleasing self. If it was immediately harmful to a person, most likely he would not do it. But most temptations are pleasing at the moment.

Paul says that is not the truth. Every temptation that a person goes through is a common temptation. One is not the only person to have ever felt that temptation. In the process of being tempted, every person has an option, to follow that temptation, or to flee from it. God always makes a way out of that temptation.

The easiest way to get out of that temptation is to flee somewhere else and get the mind on God and His word. One needs to focus on praising God and praying to God. Turn away from the temptation to sin against God.

Once you turn away from a temptation and turn to God, it becomes easier to turn away from that temptation. The more you give in to that temptation, the easier it will be to give in to it.

If your eyes, heart and life are focused on God and loving Him and other people, all temptation will be destroyed.  It will no longer be about self. God made the way out of it. Walk that path.

I pray today that you will seek God when temptations arise; that you will focus your life on God; that God will keep a song of praise in your heart to keep you in His will; and that God will reveal the way out of all temptations.