Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NRSV)
Jesus faced the Tempter throughout his life. Remember when Satan tempted him in the wilderness? In Luke's Gospel the story ends with these words: "And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until AN OPPORTUNE TIME." (4:13) Jesus taught us to pray, "Lead us not into temptation." What did he mean by that? Did he mean that God might somehow tempt us to do wrong? Of course not. He was saying that life has its snares. The Tempter is always present. We need God's help if we are to avoid the dangers that surround everyone who seeks to live the best life possible.
In October of 1995, Jesse A. Williams, a veteran of alcohol-treatment programs, filed a lawsuit against his former employer Anheuser-Busch in Tampa, Florida. Williams' complaint was that the company supplied him the regular employee allotment of four free cases of beer a month and then fired him for alcoholism.
Alcohol is just one destructive temptation. "Lead us not into temptation."
Lord Jesus, give me the strength to flee temptation. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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