The Agony Of Temptation Is Not “Tapping Out” – Luke 22:44

“His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Luke 22:44

The mental pressures we face day-to-day are not comparable to the mental anguish Jesus battled in facing the cross. How easy it would have been for Him to give in to the temptation of His flesh – compelling Him to just “tap out.” In wrestling, submission holds are applied to an opponent to get him to tap the mat and say enough is enough. In doing so, the opponent forfeits the match and agrees he has lost. Well, Jesus, did not tap out. He did not tap out when his friends and family mocked His earthly ministry. He did not tap out when the Pharisees and Sadducees falsely accused Him of being a criminal. He did not tap out to satan’s temptations in the wilderness. He did not tap out to his flesh in his final prayer – he accepted God‘s will that the cup of the cross could not pass to anyone else. He did not tap out on the cross. He did not tap out in the grave. What he did was agonize. He experienced all the temptations of the flesh that we do yet he said yes to the holy way and no to the fleshly way. Temptation comes to us all and it is not a sin. Sin is tapping out to our temptations and forfeiting our right to win by obedience to God. Feeling the agony of temptation is good, it let’s us know that we are still fighting. When the agony leaves it becomes victory or guilt. Victory in that our obedience to God punished the evil one or guilt in that we lost yet again. We can overcome temptation, but it will take obedience to Christ.

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Author:De'Andre Salter

De'Andre Salter is a nationally recognized entrepreneur and senior pastor of The Tabernacle, a fast-growing, non-denominational ministry in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Salter is a self-made success and CEO of Professional Risk Solutions, LLC, the largest minority-owned specialty brokerage firm in the United States. A Jersey native and Drew University graduate, Salter was honored as one of the “Top 40 Black Executives Under Forty” by The Network Journal. In addition to winning souls, he has a vision to build communities through supporting entrepreneurs. His book,Hope in the Hood, is a springboard to helping others who hail from neighborhoods like his in Newark, build and grow businesses in their community. He is offering not just a step-by-step action plan, but also financial resources.

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