Matthew 4:1 [ The Temptation of Jesus ] Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Mark 14:38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
Luke 22:40 On reaching the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation."
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.
So what does this teach us?
- God does not tempt us; temptation comes from Satan
- I can pray to avoid temptation, or I can pray for God to help me deal with it when temptations arise
- Jesus came & lived the perfect life- and if He was tempted during His life on earth, so will we.
- God tells us to watch- meaning we have to be ready for it to come.
- God doesn't say He won't let us be tempted- but He does say He won't let anything be thrown at us that we can't handle with His grace and mercy.
Sometimes I just need a reminder. Especially "on reaching the place."