It is a common thing to be tempted. Being tempted is not sin, but yielding to that temptation is another matter.

1 Corinthians 10:13 "There is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer [allow] you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it."

You see, it is not God that tempts us. The tempter is Satan (see Matthew 4:1-11).

James 1:12 "Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him."
v13 "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man:"
v14 "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed."

It is the condition of our heart that allows the devil to cause us to fall into a temptation.

However, it is possible to not fall into a temptation, but it takes effort.

Matthew 26:41 "Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Jesus was a man and was tempted as is common to man (see above), but he prayed and believed God and did not sin by falling into his temptations. He is our example and we are to walk as Christ walked (that is, as a Christian).

Hebrews 4:15 "For we have not an high priest [Jesus] which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."

So rejoice knowing that you will come through the temptations, though they may be grievous for awhile.

James 1:2 "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;"
v3 "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience."
v4 "But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."

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