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Hebrews 4:15-16

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Now that you are a Christian and your soul is safe with Jesus, why does the devil bother to tempt you? Shouldn’t he concede defeat and move on? It is true that your soul has been rescued from hell, and Satan no longer has it as part of his collection. But the devil also knows you are dangerous to him and his propaganda campaign.

To keep you from being a witness of God’s goodness, Satan uses temptation in the hope of tripping you up. Temptation has many faces, such as unholy thoughts and sinful desires. But the most insidious arise from doubts about your relationship with Christ. Once those doubts become firmly embedded, Satan can fold his hands—mission accomplished—confident you won’t share God’s love, mercy, and grace because you don’t believe it.

It’s not a sin to be tempted. Sin enters the picture when we yield to it. Has temptation struck your mind? Pierced your heart? In all confidence, cry out, “Jesus, rescue me!” Run from the devil’s provocations, assured that “No weapon formed against us shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17).

When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he intended to thwart the Father’s will. It is no different for you and me. God has plans for us, so the devil continues his dirty work. But “He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Believer, it’s time to embrace truth over lies and live it!

Awaiting His Return,

– Pastor Jack

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