Daily Devotional
Tempted? So Was Jesus

For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Hebrews 4:15

Ponder This

When some people read that Jesus “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin,” some eyebrows raise. You may not say anything out loud, but you think, “Was He really tempted in every way? Has He ever been tempted to run a red light? Or smoke pot? Or watch pornography? Yet the Bible is clear that He was tempted in all points.

When you boil it down, all temptations fall into 3 types, and Jesus was tempted in all three. 1 John 2:16 lists them:

  1. The lust of the flesh (temptation for us to do something—our passions)
  2. The lust of the eyes (temptation for us to have something—our possessions)
  3. The pride of life (temptation for us to be something—our pride)

If you doubt it, then read about the temptation He faced in Luke 4:1-13.

Can you identify which of these 3 types of temptations is bothering you the most today? It could be all three.

Practice This

If you are a child of God, submit yourself to your heavenly Father, who wants to have all your needs met in a legitimate way. Then say, "Lord, show me the fulfillment of this desire. Father, satisfy this desire legitimately." A wonderful thing will happen: you'll begin to have your needs met. “And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace."


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