Tuesday, 4 August 2015

How To Resist Temptation


Hebrews 2 v 18:  "For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour them that are tempted."

James 4 v 7: "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."


- As Jesus suffered temptation from the devil, so do we suffer from it. It looks right at first but when you yield to temptation and sin, it gives the devil rights over you that lead to bondage to drugs, sex, theft, lies, adultery, murder and other evils. Its hard to break these holds.

- Yielding to sin puts you on the path to eternal separation from God which is death. Jesus in His humanity never yielded to sin to teach us that it is possible to lead a pure, holy sinless life without becoming a monk.

- He also gave us a way of escape when we are tempted. 1. Submit to God ie ask Him what to do to avoid sin. 2. Obey what He tells you to do. Delete contacts like dealers, affairs; destroy drugs, weapons etc.   3. Resist - say NO - to the devil. 4. He will flee. 5. Temptation stops.

- Never tempt God by bargaining with Him through self-justification or putting yourself into a sinful situation on purpose to prove your point. He will let you have your way and you will regret it. He does not respond to emotional blackmail nor fleeces.

- We have the Holy Spirit who convicts us of sin by pressing our conscience with alarm bells. He is our Teacher and Comforter. Never ignore those alarm bells that warn of spiritual sinking sand. Take the hand of Jesus and let Him lift you up.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thanks for giving us a way to escape temptation and live our lives as a testimony to Your love. Lord, remind us of James' words when we need them, so that we heed them. Amen.