God is merciful

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Rawrrr it’s high noon inside somebody’s pants 

In the moment of temptation:
  • Jesus is loving you (Revelation 1:5b).
  • Jesus is praying for you (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).
  • Jesus is representing you on your behalf (Hebrews 9:24).
  • Jesus is sanctifying you and making you holy (Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).
  • Jesus is sympathizing with your weakness (Hebrews 4:15).
  • Jesus is providing a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).
  • Jesus is advocating and pleading your case before the Father (1 John 2:1–2).
  • Jesus is ruling and reigning in complete sovereign power over your temptation (Luke 22:69; Hebrews 8:1–2).
  • Jesus is upholding you and the entire universe by his word (Hebrews 1:3).
  • Jesus is preparing a place for you to take you to so that you can be with him forever (John 14:1–3; 1 Thessalonians 4:17)
  • Jesus is sustaining you that you may remain faithful to the end (1 Corinthians 1:8).

Next time the dreary clouds of temptation come over your room, set your mind on what Jesus is doing to you, and for you, in that very moment. Set your mind upon the things of Christ (Romans 8:5–6; Colossians 3:2), and may your joy in Jesus become too fulfilling, too gratifying, too satisfying to forfeit over to the sad counterfeit pleasure of sin.