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How can I overcome temptation?



Scripture tells us that we all face temptation. First Corinthians 10:13 says, “So far only human temptation has hit you.” Perhaps that gives us a little encouragement, as we often feel like the whole world has conspired against us and that others are immune to temptation. We are told that Christ was also tempted: "For we do not have a high priest who could not suffer with our weakness, but who has been tempted in everything like us, but without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). .

Then where do these temptations come from? Above all else, they do not come from God, although He allows them. James 1:13 says, “Nobody, when tempted, say that they are tempted by God. For God cannot be tempted to evil, and he himself does not tempt anyone. ”In the first chapter of Job we see that God allowed Satan to tempt Job, but with restrictions. Satan "goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom to devour" (1 Peter 5: 8). In verse 9 we are instructed to resist him, knowing that other Christians will also experience his attacks. Through these passages we can be assured that the temptation emanates from Satan. In James 1:14 we see that temptation also originates in ourselves. We are tempted because everyone is "attracted and enticed by his own desires" (v. 14). We allow ourselves certain thoughts, allow ourselves to go to places we shouldn't be, and make decisions based on our desires that tempt us.

Then how are we to resist temptation? First we have to go back, for example, from Jesus, who was tempted in the desert by Satan in Matthew 4: 11-11. To each of the temptations of Satan, the reply was similar: “It is written,” followed by Scripture. If the Son of God has used God's word so effectively against temptation - and we know it worked because, after all three of Satan's efforts have failed, "the devil left him" (verse 11) - how much more must we have then have the scriptures ready to help you withstand temptation? All our efforts to resist will be weak and ineffective unless they are strengthened by the Holy Spirit through constant reading, study and meditation in the Word of God. This is how the “renewal of your mind” is carried out (Romans 12: 2). There is no other weapon against temptation except the "sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17). Colossians 3: 3 says, “Seek what is above, not what is on the earth.” When our minds are filled with the latest television programs, music, and other things that culture has to offer, we will News and images bombed that will inevitably lead to sinful desire. But when our minds are filled with the holiness and majesty of God, with the love and compassion of Christ and the brilliance of both reflected by the perfect word, then we will find that our interest in the desires of the world will wane and disappear. But without the influence of Scripture on our minds, we are open to whatever Satan has in store for us.

So here is the only way to protect our hearts and minds so that we may keep the source of temptation away from us. Make a note of Christ's words to his disciples in the garden on the night he was betrayed: “Watch and pray that you do not enter into temptation! The mind is willing; but the flesh is weak ”(Matthew 26:41). Most Christians do not want to go into sin openly, but even so, we cannot prevent it because our flesh is not strong enough to withstand. We put ourselves in situations or fill our minds with desires and passions that lead us to sin.

We need to renew our thinking as Romans 12: 1-2 says. We must no longer think like the world or go through life like the world. Proverbs 4: 14-15 tells us: “Do not come on the path of the wicked or step on the path of the wicked. Leave it and do not walk on it; depart from him and pass. ”We must avoid the way of the world which tempts us because our flesh is weak. We are easily carried away by our own desires and passions.

Matthew 5:29 has excellent advice. “But if your right eye causes you to fall away, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you that one of your limbs perish and not your whole body is thrown into hell. ”That sounds violent! Sin is fierce! Jesus does not say that we should literally remove parts of the body. Tearing out an eye is a drastic measure, and Jesus teaches us that if necessary, drastic measure should be taken to avoid sin.

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