We all may have sometime in our lives struggled with addictions or some kind of bad habit or perhaps we still do like this young man Eric who was struggling with an addiction and he knew it, but didn’t know what to do about it. His friends and family members all tried to encourage him to stop and he agreed that he knew it would be better for his health and his personal relationships if he did quit. However, he often felt helpless and didn’t know how to start or where to start. When others would tell him how they had quit their own addictions or bad habits he responded “I’m happy for you, but I can’t seem to stop no matter what I try to do! I wish I had never been tempted in the first place. I want God to take the desire away right now!”
Some people may find immediate deliverance but, most people have to face this daily battle and can’t find a way. While we often don’t understand why the temptation doesn’t go away, we can turn to God on whatever path that we find ourselves on. And maybe that is the most important part of our futile efforts to change for complete dependence on God.
Jesus was tempted also, just as we are, so He truly understands our struggles (Heb. 4:15), and we can come bravely and boldly to the throne of His grace so that we can obtain mercy and find grace to that will help in our time of need. He also uses others and that includes trained professionals, that we can lean on along the way. These can sometimes be thought of His angels that He has sent to us in human form.
Whatever battles we may be struggling with today, we know this, God loves us much more than we could ever imagine, and His faithful to come to our assistance.
Read more about Jesus’s struggles and how He can help us when we are tempted.
Matthew 4: 1-11
1 Corinthians 10:11-13
We are not tempted because we are evil, we are tempted because we are human.