Every single one of us struggles with temptations that can take us down the wrong path. This is especially true when we’re feeling sad, stressed, or alone.

Satan waits for times where we’re at our lowest to tempt us with things that promise escape or immediate satisfaction. You might be tempted to self-medicate with food or alcohol. Or maybe you’ve felt tempted to lie to get yourself out of a tight spot, or to engage in behavior that you know is out of bounds.

But here’s the truth: saying yes to temptation is saying no to experiencing God’s best Life for you.

Experiencing God’s best for your life is centered on the fundamental truth that Christ lives in you and empowers you to say no to temptation just like He did. As Hebrews 4:15 says:

“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.”

When temptations come in full force, remember you’re not powerless. You have an all-powerful friend inside of you — Christ. And if you’ll allow Him, Jesus will help you stand strong and say no.

But what happens when you don’t call on Christ to stand strong, when you give in to temptation?

Let’s be honest: all of us have been tempted, and all of us have fallen into sin at one time or another. But just as we have a high priest who empathizes with our weaknesses, we have a risen Savior who covers us with grace.

And it’s because of grace that you know there is nothing you can do to make God love you more, and there’s nothing you can do to make God love you less. He loves you as much before you sin as He does after you sin.

As a believer, you’re in Christ — completely forgiven, cleansed, no shame, no guilt, just grace. Breathe in that truth today. But also know that you can draw on His strength to say no to temptation — so you can say yes to God’s best for you.

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