Temptation
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The pleasures of sin are enjoyed for only a short period of time but living a righteous life reaps numerous blessings.

Job 36:11 reads "If they hear and serve God, they shall end their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures”.

Temptations are enticements that lure us to sin. The enemy tries hard to make us fall into sin since sin destroys our lives and prevent us from obtaining countless blessings. God’s commands are intended for us to live a successful life. Not obeying God’s commands is sin. Remember that every sin has dangerous repercussions.

Promotion is usually the next step after passing through temptation.

Day in day out, we are tempted to say, think about or commit evil. Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life entice us to sin. As Christians we must not succumb to sin because God requires holiness and faithfulness. When tempted, the best decision to make is to immediately flee from sin.Resist temptation. Be fully aware of your tendency to sin and do not place yourself in ‘tight’ corners that can lead you to sin. Do not get close to sin or you would get “burnt”.

1 Pet 5:8-9 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world”.

James 4:7 reads, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”The bible admonishes us to pray so that you would not fall into temptation.

Matthew 26:41 says "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.

 

The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:13 says "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

 

God’s word must form an integral part of our lives in our quest to overcome temptation. In Psalm 119: 11, David says, “Thy Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee”. In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus resisted the temptation of the devil after his forty days fast with scriptures from the bible. The devil is deceptive and twists and misinterprets scripture to lead man to sin but when you know God’s words you can resist the evil one.

 

Remember, God does not tempt anyone James 1:13-14 says “no one should say God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desires, he is dragged away and enticed”.God is our help during times of temptations, Hebrews 2:18 because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. 2 Timothy 4:18, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.”The temptation you face is never too strong or out of your control.

You have the power to resist temptation.

We have no excuse to sin. 1 Corinthians 10:13 reads “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”. Every temptation that has come your way is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist; at the time you are tempted he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.

There is always a way out when we are tempted. Overcome temptation; do not think you are missing out. Jesus was tempted in every way but was found without sin. Be disciplined, Life right when no one is looking. Remember God has given you self-control. This means we have no excuse when we sin