Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Do you ever feel the temptation to do something that you know is wrong? How do you fight it?
One way to fight temptation is to remember who you are. By baptism, you are a member of God’s family. He has put the family name on you, “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,” the name of the only true God. When you pray the Lord’s Prayer, you call God your Father in heaven, and that is exactly right. You are not a slave to your passions and fears. You have been brought out of slavery into being a member of the family.
Another way to fight temptation is to listen to the Holy Spirit speaking to you in the Word of God. You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Honor God with your body. The Spirit prompts you to repentance and faith, encouraging you with the promises of God when you fall. He renews your faith as you go through daily struggles.
Your baptism has connected you to the sufferings of Christ. He suffered for you, taking the punishment for your sins. God wants you to know that he has compassion on you because he sacrificed his one and only Son. He wants you to gain confidence in your everyday life from knowing and believing what he has done for you.
You are not alone. Your fellow Christian family members also struggle with temptation. They can be very helpful to you when you are struggling.
Your Savior, Jesus, was tempted in every way, just as you are, and yet was without sin. You can always approach him with confidence and ask for help. Because the perfect life of Jesus counts for you, you don’t have to worry that God the Father will give up on you. You will share in his glory.
Jesus, my sins alarm me, and my conscience grieves me. Let your cross disarm my fear and give me peace. Amen.
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