Confront the temptations judiciously and cautiously. As human beings, we are very often in a situation where we are tempted, and if we do not know how to tackle it, we will be defeated. Satan ‘the devil’, tempted Eve in the garden of Eden and she got trapped in the snare of the devil and lost her privileges and relation with God. The Bible says, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1)
So it is obvious that if we do not confront the temptations judiciously and cautiously, we may also lose our blessings and privileges. But the good news is that we have Jesus Christ as our role model who has shown us the perfect way to confront temptations in our life.
Satan’s temptations are real. He always tries to get us to live in his way or our way, rather than God’s way. Jesus will one day reign over all creation, but still, Satan is trying to get his kingdom established. If Jesus had given in His mission on earth to die for our sins and to give us the opportunity to have eternal life would have been lost. But Jesus was sure about God’s plan in this life and He overcame the temptation that came in His way. The Bible says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” (Hebrew 4:15)
Reaffirm God’s plan
Similarly, when we face temptation, we should analyse whether Satan is not trying to block God’s purpose in our life. This temptation by Satan shows us that Jesus was human. And it gives Jesus the opportunity to reaffirm God’s plan for His ministry. It also gives us an example to follow when we are tempted. We should remember that temptation itself is not a sin, when we give in to temptation, it becomes a sin.
Jesus was not tempted when he was in the temple or with his disciples or while preaching among the crowd. He was tempted when he was alone, tired, weak, and hungry. In the same way, Satan tempts us when we are sad, alone, tensed, or are under physical or emotional stress.
When we are tempted we should look to Jesus who knows exactly what it means to get tempted. He strengthens us to overcome temptation with His everlasting love and grace.