Our lizard brains drive our survival mode. When the resistance comes, our lizard brain engages in a fight or flight reaction. This is human nature. As we mature, our logic can override our instincts. Responsibility means our ability to respond. We don’t have to be driven by fear, ego, pride, or peer pressure. There is another way.
In Luke 4, the Devil prefaces the first and third temptations with “If you are the Son of God”. The temptations attempted to provoke Jesus to sin by appealing to his pride and ego. If you are really the Son of God, then you should have no problem doing these things. Jesus did not fall into the trap. Instead, he responded with “It is written”. The logic of the bible prevailed over his emotions.
In Luke 3, the last words heard by Jesus before his encounter with the Devil is from God.
22 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.”
God said “You are my beloved son”, but the Devil casts doubt on Jesus being the Son of God by requesting proof. Contradictions can be subtle.
We are confronted with this same temptation according to 1 John 3.
1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Are you really the son of God? The world will probably not acknowledge that you are a son or daughter of God. Be comforted that you are in good company and respond with “It is written”.