“For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” Hebrews 2:18.
Satan finds in human hearts some point where he can gain a foothold; some sinful desire is cherished, by means of which his temptations assert their power. …
All the followers of Christ have to meet the same malignant foe that assailed their Master. With marvellous skill he adapts his temptations to their circumstances, their temperament, their mental and moral bias, and their strong passions. He is ever whispering in the ears of the children of men, as he points to worldly pleasures, gains, or honours, “All this will I give you, if you will do my bidding.” We must look to Christ; we must resist as He resisted; we must pray as He prayed; we must agonize as He agonized, if we would conquer as He conquered. –That I May Know Him, p. 34.
Our Saviour withstood on every point the test of temptation, and in this way He has made it possible for man to overcome. Now, there is enough in this idea, in this thought, to fill our hearts with gratitude every day of our lives. As Jesus was accepted as our substitute and surety, every one of us will be accepted if we stand the test and trial for ourselves. He took our nature that He might become acquainted with the trials wherewith man should be beset, and He is our mediator and intercessor before the Father.
Those who would overcome must put to the tax every power of their being. They must agonize on their knees before God for divine power…. Men may have a power to resist evil—a power that neither earth, nor death, nor hell can master; a power that will place them where they may overcome as Christ overcame. Divinity and humanity may be combined in them. –That I May Know Him, p. 32.