How do we know that there is no temptation too great for Christians?

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Today, I thought I would just share a commentary on the psalms from Saint Augustine that came from the Office of Readings for today:

We have heard in the gospel how the Lord Jesus Christ was tempted by the devil in the wilderness. Certainly Christ was tempted by the devil. In Christ you were tempted, for Christ received his flesh from your nature, but by his own power gained life for you; he suffered insults in your nature, but by his own power gained glory for you; therefore, he suffered temptation in your nature, but by his own power gained victory for you.

If in Christ we have been tempted, in him we overcame the devil. Do you think only of Christ’s temptations and fail to think of his victory? See yourself as tempted in him, and see yourself as victorious in him. He could have kept the devil from himself; but if he were not tempted he could not teach you how to triumph over temptation.

For me, it is very helpful to know that not only did Jesus share in my nature as a human, but he also showed me how to resist temptation.  He could have explained how we could resist temptation, by prayer and fasting, like he did with the explanation of exorcism of certain demons.  However, he shows us that we can have the power to resist even the devil’s temptation by going into the desert for forty days.  Who’s coming with me?  Lent – 2013!

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