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The Aid of Those Who Are Tempted

June 2, 2014

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The Aid  of Those  Who Are Tempted

“Oh,  woe is me!    All this  is going wrong  —  and that  is falling apart  —  and I don’t have anything  to satisfy  my needs  —  I’m suffering  in my body  and spirit  —  all my friends  have left me  —  I’m all alone  and nobody cares!”

As we face  all sorts  of troubles,  temptations,  and trials  in this world,  it is so easy  to feel alone  in our sorrows.     And,  it’s so easy  to want  to cave in  to all sorts  of temptations,  just to satisfy  our perceived needs.     We don’t like suffering  and just wish  everything would go  our way  for once.     We become  very centered  on ourselves  as we feel alone  and forsaken.

But the truth  of the matter is  that we are not alone.     Our Lord  and God  has experienced  the same troubles,  temptations,  and trials  that we are going through.     Hebrews 2:18  tells us  about Jesus, saying,

For since He Himself  was tempted  in that  which He has suffered,  He is able  to come  to the aid  of those  who are tempted.

Have our friends  left us?     Jesus’ friends  left Him.     Have we  been slandered?     Jesus was slandered  throughout His ministry  and is still being slandered  by many today.     Do we suffer  physical pains?     Jesus suffered excruciating pains  to pay  for our sins.     Are we worried  about our poverty?     Jesus lived  in poverty  all His earthly life.     Do we feel persecuted?     Jesus was persecuted  as the Jews tried  to kill Him.     Are we being tempted  to sin  in our desires?     Jesus was tempted  by Satan  in the wilderness  —  and at every opportune time  Satan found.

And,  it’s amazing  that Jesus’  afflictions  and temptations were foretold  in Isaiah 63:9,

In all their affliction  He was afflicted.

And  Isaiah 53:4  prophesies,

Surely our griefs  He Himself bore,
And our sorrows  He carried.

As much as  we might like  to feel  singled out  and wallow  in our woes,  we are not alone  in our trials  and temptations.     And,  we don’t have  to cave in  to any  of this world’s temptations.     Being tempted  is not a good reason  for caving in  to every little temptation.     For every time  we are tempted  to feel  that we are alone  in our suffering,  we need  to remember  to allow Jesus  to carry  all our  “sorrows”  and  “griefs”.     Everybody has them  —  and they are a prod  to push us  into learning  to trust  in our Lord and Savior  —  instead of falling into sin.

Knowing  that Jesus  is fully able  “to come  to the aid  of those  who are tempted,  we constantly look  to Him  in every kind  of need.     And,  we give thanks  as we remember  that He has promised  to never leave  or forsake us.   ( Hebrews 13:5Deuteronomy 31:6,  &  Joshua 1:5 )

Resting  in His grace,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for being with us through all  our trials and temptations.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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