Christ’s Example Gives Power to Resist Temptation

20 Feb

It came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was
opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice
came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
Luke 3:21, 22, NKJV. {BLJ 9.1}
Christ’s professed followers may be strong in the Lord if they avail themselves of the
provisions made for them through the merits of Jesus. God has not closed the heavens
against the humble prayers of repenting, humble, believing souls. The humble, simple,
earnest, persevering prayer of the faithful one will now penetrate heaven, as surely as
did the prayer of Christ [when He was baptized]. Heaven opened to His prayer, and this
shows us that we may be reconciled to God, and that communication is established
between God and us through the righteousness of our Lord and Savior. Christ took
upon Him humanity, and yet He was in close, intimate relationship with God. He linked
humanity with His divine nature, making it possible for us also to become partakers of
the divine nature, and thus escape the corruption that is in the world through lust. {BLJ
9.2}
Christ is our example in all things. In response to His prayer to His Father, heaven
was opened, and the Spirit descended like a dove and abode upon Him. The Holy Spirit
of God is to communicate with men and women and to abide in the hearts of the
obedient and faithful. Light and strength will come to those who earnestly seek it in
order that they may have wisdom to resist Satan, and to overcome in times of
temptation. We are to overcome even as Christ overcame. {BLJ 9.3}
Jesus opened His public mission with fervent prayer, and His example makes
manifest the fact that prayer is necessary in order to lead a successful Christian life. He
was constantly in communion with His Father, and His life presents to us a perfect
pattern which we are to imitate. . . . {BLJ 9.4}
We are dependent upon God for success in living the Christian life, and Christ’s
example opens before us the path by which we may come to a never-failing source of
strength, from which we may draw grace and power to resist the enemy and to come off
victorious.—Signs of the Times, July 24, 1893.

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