temptation

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Temptation is not a stage to perform upon. It is not a test to be aced. It is not an opportunity to please Me.

Temptation is one of many battles in the war between your flesh and My Spirit. Do not enter the battle in your own strength. Can the flesh fight against the flesh?

Submit to my Spirit. Recognize the situation for what it is — a battle. It is a battle that only I can win. And nothing pleases me more than to save the one who calls out to Me.

James 1:13-14 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.

Galatians 5:16-17 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

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