You shouldn’t feel guilty about temptation. Because …
You are not bad because you are tempted to look at unclean things.
You are not a terrible mother because you are tempted to yell at your children with impatience and in despair.
You are not condemned because you are tempted to doubt.
You are tempted because …
You are tempted because of the sin that lives in your flesh, not because there is something wrong with you but because there is sin in your flesh.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind…” 1 Cor. 10:13.
It is because of the Fall that took place that all mankind has inherited these passions and lusts that tempt us to sin.
However, God’s plan was for us to rule over the flesh, not to allow the flesh to rule over us! (Genesis 4: 7) We should not be slaves to sin and give in to those feelings that arise within us: impure thoughts, irritation and doubt. All these things should not bind us.
When, for example, you are impatient and tempted to yell at your children, know that at that moment you have not committed a sin! Perhaps you feel that the sin has already been committed, because the temptation comes as a feeling, which is a desire to do what you would like to do. However, as long as you hate impatience and resist the urge to yell at children, that is, until you consciously do not agree and do not allow impatience to guide your actions and allow harsh words to come out, you win. Even if a feeling of impatience has seized you for a while.
What to do in temptation?
When you are tempted to do something, it is very important not to forget about two important things:
Use the Word of God as a sword against satan, who comes to convince us to give in to temptation.
“It will feel so good,” he tells you. Or: “They deserve it.”
In the Garden of Eden, satan said to Eve, “Did God really say …?” He convinced her that what she knew was bad was not really a disobedience to God. When Jesus is our example and our Leader was tempted in the wilderness, He said: “Get away from me, satan! It is written … ”He used the Word of God to drive out satan.
In order to use the Word of God in your hour of need, you must be prepared even before you face temptation. You must know His Word. “In my heart I have hidden Thy word,” the psalmist writes, “so that I may not sin against Thee.” Ps. 119: 11. Hide His Word in your heart so that you can turn to Him in times of need!
Come to the throne of grace to receive help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16) This is the time when you are tempted. Then you can pray and ask for help to overcome this temptation. And this help is not that this temptation will disappear and you will no longer feel impatient, but that you will receive the strength to resist this temptation and get a perfect victory over it.
Learn from temptation.
“My children! I write this to you so that you do not sin; but if anyone had sinned, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. ” 1 John 2: 1.
If you have fallen, then you can repent and be forgiven. You also receive this at the throne of grace.
However, God’s plan is not for you to fall over and over again. Remember that you must rule over sin!
If you have fallen down, then you must learn a lesson from your mistakes so as not to make them the next time. When you are prepared to face temptation, then you can be confident that you will overcome it!
It may take some time to come to victory.
When you acknowledge the truth about yourself, for example, you are aware of your tendency to be impatient and decide to overcome it, this does not mean that you will somehow magically not be tempted to impatience again. This means that you will be tempted, and even possibly fall again, before you achieve victory.
However, if you continue to fight, standing firm in the faith, and seeking help in God’s Word and prayers, then you will come to victory step by step. You will come to transformation and renewal. Now, the impatience and despair that used to be a part of you are gradually being replaced by patience and long-suffering.
This is the incredible grace that we have received in Christ Jesus.
We must hold on to this faith as we fight until we gain victory. “Faith is the fulfillment of the expected and confidence in the invisible.” Heb. 11: 1.