And He was in the wilderness for forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him.
With the joy of being human comes the curse of being tempted; there has never existed one individual who could claim that he was a stranger to the enticement of sin. Not even Jesus Christ, who created all that we know, was unfamiliar with the voice of temptation.
To deny your personal temptations exist is to give headway to sin. The Christian who foolishly believes that he can ignore his struggles will find that they only grow stronger. Ephesians 6:16 reminds us that our enemy’s attacks are an ever-present threat we do not have the luxury of overlooking. Paul labels our temptations as “the faming missiles of the evil one,” able to be extinguished only by the shield of faith.
The gospel of Matthew recounts in greater detail the temptations of Christ in the wilderness. The author of deception approached Him three times; and for every lie Jesus rebuked Him with Scripture (Mat. 4:1-11). To ignore the reality of your weakness to temptation is a liberty that you cannot afford to take. I pray that you would follow the example of Christ today, and take with you your shield of faith in the form of biblical truth.