“When you are tempted don’t ever say, “God is tempting me,” for God is incapable of being tempted by evil and he is never the source of temptation.” James 1:13
“We all experience times of testing and temptations, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Twice he says, “If you are the Son of God…” Can you hear him taunting?
Jesus resisted the devil’s temptations by relying on the truth of God’s Word—our greatest resource. Whenever you think you’re not talented, you are not qualified enough, you are not good-looking enough or smart enough, that you don’t have enough resources or support, that you should lower your expectations, RETURN to what God’s Word tells you. The Bible declares you can do all things through Christ, that you are more than a conqueror – Brian Houston of Hillsong Church, Youvetsion Plan.
In the center of trials, temptations will show up invariably. But in the midst of temptations, a trial isn’t present. Rather, it shows up simply to test our choice to give in or flee away.