When facing trials and temptations we can overcome if we keep in mind what is stated in Hebrews 4:14-16. Let’s do a focus and amplify study of these verses.
The focus is; With Jesus we can make it! This is amplified as follows:
1. Notice what we are – week, tempted and needy.
2. Notice what is true of Jesus, our great high priest – He was tempted in every way, just as we are. He was triumphant. He remained without sin. He also was enthroned in heaven.
3. Notice what we can do in the midst of our temptations and trials – We can approach the throne of grace with confidence. When we do that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. With that confidence we can hold firmly to the faith we profess. Our high priest is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. He knows all about us and our circumstances. We don’t face anything He didn’t face when He was here on earth.
We can make it through whatever we face if we start by acknowledging what is true about us – our weaknesses, our temptations and our needs. Then, look to Jesus, who was tempted in every way as we are, yet was triumphant over sin. Worship Him as the enthroned Son of God. Then with your eyes on Jesus and your heart devoted to Him approach the throne of grace with confidence to receive mercy and find grace to help you in your time of need.
Hold firmly to the faith you profess. I believe you’ll see God give you victory and the experience will strengthen and mature you to face whatever challenges come your way in the future. Count on it.