Resist Temptation

  • 1 Timothy 6:9-11 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
  • James 1:13-14 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.
  • Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Temptation will come but don’t give in to it. The Word gives us the root of temptation – we are enticed by our own desire (James 1:14). It warns us to be alert and of sober mind because our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). The Word also informs us what to do: sin is crouching at our door and desires to have us but we must rule over it (Genesis 4:7). The Word tells us to avoid temptation by watching and praying (Matthew 26:41). It tells us that Jesus can help: “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Hebrews 2:18). Jesus can help you through temptation and God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.

How to resist temptation:
  1. Talk to Jesus as He is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 4:16 (after talking about temptation) “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.
  2. Know your weaknesses, know your enemy, and be mindful of how he trips you up. Sadly, for most Christians, the enemy traps them repeatedly the same way. So be vigilant and be prepared against his next attack. Ephesians 6:16 says that with the shield of faith you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the enemy. Luke 10:19 says that you have authority to overcome all the power of the enemy and nothing will harm you.
  3. Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Daily time in the Word and in prayer will keep you close to God and sensitive to His Spirit. The Holy Spirit will lead you away from temptation if you are listening.
  4. Ask God for His grace as it will teach you to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live a self-controlled, upright and godly life in this present age (Titus 2:11-13).
  5. Meditate on 2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Realize that your spirit is strong and that you were equipped to resist temptation.
  6. Pray in the Spirit as this builds you up in your most holy faith (Jude 20). It will also develop your spirit and make it stronger to help you resist temptation.
  7. Meditate on scriptures related to your weaknesses. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you about those scriptures and how to stand when temptation comes.
  8. Use the Word and the Name of Jesus to counter temptation. The Word is the sword of the Spirit and it’s an offensive weapon. Jesus used the Word to come against the attacks of the enemy in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11).

Call to action:
Identify where you fall into temptation. Do what you need to do to be prepared for your next attack.