Where do you place your trust when you are tempted? We have an innate tendency to trust in our own strength, often falling prey to the temptation, rather than surrendering to the power of God who is present with us, ready, willing, and able to deliver us.
David was so in tune with the closeness of God that he called on Him in his times of need: “The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them. The LORD watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise His holy name for ever and ever” (Psalm 145:18-21).
This included times of temptation. Though he did not get it right every time, David surrendered to be Spirit-led during the overall course of his life. We are guaranteed temptation on this side, but we are always provided a way out in Christ when we surrender to be Spirit-led (see 1 Corinthians 10:13).
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus said: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13). The Aramaic sentence structure might indicate, “Let us not sin when tempted,” rather than, “Let us not be tempted.” This is supported by the fact that Scripture tells us God does not tempt anyone (see James 1:13).
When David surrendered to be Spirit-led, he experienced God’s protection (see Psalm 145:19-20). When we surrender to be Spirit-led, God downloads his protection and uses us to transfer His protection to others.
Surrender your heart to be Spirit-led 24/7. When you are tempted, surrender to the Holy Spirit the bait and your desires that are luring you. When you wake up every morning, pray to God, surrendering your heart to Him. He will download His protection and guide you to link the same with others.