Yet Without Sin

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Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

The fact that Christ was tempted in all points “like as we are, yet without sin” is one of the most amazing statements and yet one of the most comforting statements for the believer. You are not serving a Saviour who has no idea what you are going through, but you are serving a Saviour who knows everything about what you have faced because He faced it. The difference between Christ and most believers is that Christ faced temptation and didn't sin; whereas, many believers face temptation and yield to it. So, what is the secret to be tempted and not yielding to the temptation?

First, realize that you cannot live life without temptation. If Christ faced temptation, you can be assured that you are going to face it. To think that you cannot overcome temptation is simply an excuse because Christ gave us the example that we can overcome all temptation. Certainly, there are some temptations that we can avoid by our habits in life, but you can set up every guard in your life and still face temptation. You will have to come to grips that temptation will come, but you must follow Christ’s example of overcoming those temptations when they come.

Second, you will never have victory over temptation through self-pity. You are not the first one to face temptation, so to complain about your temptation is only contributing to its power in your life. Christ was in all points tempted like we are, but He didn't let the temptation control Him. Temptation can be overcome if you don't surrender to it.

Third, you need God’s mercy to help you overcome temptation. Verse 16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” The word “mercy” in this verse is tied to the first phrase of the verse where God challenges the believer to “come boldly unto the throne of grace.” The mercy God is talking about is the mercy seat. The mercy seat what on top of the Ark of the Covenant. When God is talking about finding mercy, He is talking about going to the presence of God in prayer to get the help you need to overcome temptation.

You will never overcome temptation without prayer. Before Jesus faced Satan’s direct temptation, He spent forty days in prayer. The strength to overcome temptation will never be achieved without spending time with God at the mercy seat to get His power to overcome it. It is of God’s mercy that He would give you His power to overcome temptation. Where do you get this mercy? You find it in prayer. My friend, prayer is the greatest secret to finding the power to face any temptation in life. The power is not in you, but it is in the Christ who lives in you that you find the power. Your answer to having the power to refuse temptation is found in prayer.

Fourth, you need God’s grace to help you have victory over temptation. I often tell people to ask God for His grace to help them to face whatever they are facing. However, God’s grace to help you in your problems is found by helping others in their time of need. When I am facing the most difficult situations, I ask for God to give me the grace I need so that I can be a help to others. You will never know the power of grace until you get busy helping others, and it is while you are busy helping others that you will see the power of grace to help you to overcome temptation without sin.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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