When someone becomes a son or a daughter of God in Christ, he/she stops living in sin, but he/she still has to face temptations.
In fact, sin takes place when you enter into the temptation. (James 1:12-16)
We have to watch and pray in order to avoid falling into it. (Matthew 26:21; Mark 14:38; Luke 22:40)
Our Lord Jesus-Christ suffered all temptations without falling, he knows how it’s like to be tempted and therefore he can help us to stay holy when we face temptation. (Hebrews 2:18; Hebrews 4:15)
Also, the Most-High won’t let your temptations go above what you can endure. This means that God will always make a way for you to escape from falling and continue bearing your cross in righteousness.
(1 Corinthians 10:13)
Temptations can come from the devil, your own flesh or even both. (Matthew 26:41; James 1:14) However, know that God will never tempt anyone. (James 1:13)
When Jesus-Christ walked on Earth, he faced temptation in every way, but he never entered into it. (Hebrews 4:15)
In Matthew 4, it describes how Satan tempted Jesus when he came out of the desert.
When we read attentively what Satan did to tempt Jesus, we can notice two things.
He first spoke to Jesus and then he showed to Jesus.
By this example, we see that we cannot prevent Satan from tempting us through speaking and through showing things unto us.
It is our duty to have the knowledge of the Word of God in order to rebuke Satan when he comes. Just like when he tempted Jesus, when the devil is tempting you, he pulls out some partial truths in order to make you sin.
If you do not know the Word of God (Holy Bible), how will you be able to rebuke the devil when he lies to you?
But if you know how to answer the devil and resist him like Jesus did, he will flee away from you. (James 4:7)
However, even if we are able to put Satan away for a while in the name of Jesus-Christ, there’s another thing that we need to take care of as well; this thing is called the flesh with his affections and his lusts. (Galatians 5:24)
It is said that the desires of the flesh are contrary to those of the Spirit and the desires of the Spirit are contrary to the those of the flesh. (Galatians 5:17)
This means that we have to crucify our flesh with his affections and his lusts every day.
In Matthew 5: 27-30, Jesus-Christ was teaching that adultery can occur in the heart of man and that it is considered a sin. Therefore, he said that if your right eye is a falling opportunity for you, cut it in order to stay holy.
This verse may seem a bit extreme, but it is actually very important to understand.
Crucifying your flesh everyday does not mean that you don’t have bad thoughts coming into your mind; it means that when you see the bad thoughts coming into you mind, you rebuke them. If it comes back, you rebuke them again like Jesus did with Satan in Matthew 4.
For example, a man walking on the street who sees this super model walking by. Suddenly, all these lusty images come into his mind. The man is then tempted. However, he does not nourish, nor accept these lusty images. He turns his eyes away from the woman and command to these images to go away from his mind in the name of Jesus-Christ.
Finally, facing all temptations should be a source of joy knowing that it is producing the fruit of patience in us. (James 1:2-4)
Sons and daughters of God are tempted, but are always able to avoid entering into the temptations of the devil and of the flesh.
Thank you Jesus !