Man has puzzled over the fact Jesus was tempted to sin, but that He did not sin, Hebrews 4:15. How was He able to do that? Why is it that it is so hard for us to resist temptation? Is there a way for man to remain pure? Yes, there is a way, and God’s promise is that a way will always be available for us to “escape” the temptation. Some may say they want to be pure in the sight of God, but that temptation is always too strong for them to resist it, and they fall into sin. Satan does not have that much power over man. James 4:7 says:
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
You can “take it to the bank” that if God says we must resist the devil, then we can resist the devil. God “cannot lie,” Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18.
“Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above that ye are able; but with the temptation will also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
Since God has promised a “way” will be there by which we can resist Satan’s devices – it will be there! But how do we “resist the devil”? How do we find that “way to escape”? Must Know Right from Wrong First, we must find out what the Bible says about our life. We cannot “resist” temptation if we do not know what we should resist. The Bible furnishes us with all we need to know on this subject, 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Knowing God’s will reveals what we must resist. See 1 John 3:4. Must Want to “Escape” In other words, like Daniel, we must make up our mind that we will resist Satan’s temptations. Some are not yet willing to give up their past manner of life, but until we do so, temptations will always be “too hard” to resist, because we do not have the will to resist. When Jesus was tempted, Matthew 4:1-11, He was prepared and, using God’s Word, even Satan’s very best efforts could not defeat Him. God is not going to take hold of us and make us live righteous lives. We must want to be faithful to Him, must want to “resist the devil.” So, it is up to us to seek that “way.” The “part-time” Christian will always find it hard to resist temptation, for he/she is still “on the fence,” not truly committed to living for Christ. That “way to escape” will always be elusive if you are not willing to give yourself to Him.
Carl B. Garner