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The best way to fight temptation

July 31st, 2009 Posted in encouragement, essentials, Pastor's corner, sermons

Temptation. There is no escaping it. But know this–it can have an help you to deepen and grow spiritually, causing you to cling that much tighter to the Lord Himself.

It’s been said, “Christians are a lot like teabags. You don’t know what they are made of until you put them in hot water.”

Perhaps you in the “hot water” of temptation right now. God has given you a weapon to use, and it’s called the Bible.

Jesus was tempted

When Jesus faced His temptation in the wilderness, He gave us an example to follow, a template to apply.

Being God, He could have sent Satan away or even removed Himself from the place where the enemy was. Instead, He faced Satan as a man and stood on ground that we too can occupy.

When tempted, each time Jesus quoted the Scripture. We read in Luke 4:12, “And Jesus answered and said to him, ‘It is written, “You shall not tempt the LORD your God.”‘”

It is written

You need to know and quote Scripture when you are tempted. The psalmist wrote, “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word” (Psalm 119:9) and “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You!” (Psalm 119:11)

It’s good to carry a Bible in your briefcase, backpack, or purse. But the best place to carry the Word of God is in your heart!

Why? Because Satan can quote Scripture to you too!

Satan entices you, trips you up, and then tells you “God will not forgive you!” We pull out the sword and reply, “It is written, ‘If we confess our sin . . . ” (1 John 1:9).

Satan whispers in your ear, “You’ve sinned, and now God condemns you!” We can come back with, “It is written, ‘There is therefore now no condemnation” (Romans 8:1).

The devil tells us, “You’re not going to make it. I’ll get you. You’ll fall again!” You reply, “It is written, ‘And I will give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28).

You can also say, “Being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it unto the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

Even when tragedy hits

Perhaps when tragedy hits, the enemy will say, “Your life is over, and ruined. God has abandoned you.”

You come back with God’s Word! It is written, “He causes all things to work together for good to those that love Him” (Romans 8:28).

When a loved one dies, the enemy says, “That’s it. They are gone. Death is the end!” You reply, “It is written that to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord” (see 2 Corinthians 5:8). Jesus also said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He that believes in me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25).

I encourage you to memorize and use the Word of God when being tempted. It will make all the difference.

8 Responses to “The best way to fight temptation”

  1. Vineeta says:

    All praises to God Almighty to bring me to this website. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. God bless you!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dear Pastor Greg,
    I’m so thankful that God put you in my life, to hear you on kwave to go to the beautiful church Harvest our Abba has given us. You’ve been such a blessing, you make it simple & its so easy just to pass your devotionals to my friends and loved ones. Thank you for all you’ve done. Thankyou for allowing God to use you! God bless you and your family.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sometimes it can be tough to swallow the very real truth that we’re always going to be tempted. I know there have been many times where I’ve instantly begun to despair and almost felt like I was obligated to give in. However in recent months of my walk with the Lord I have discovered, even more so now, how to see through the lies of the enemy and as you’ve described it before Pastor Greg– temptation is not a sin, but a call to battle. Thank you for the practical Biblical insight Pastor. It may almost seem like a cliche at times, these very important truths, but then we remember the promise that God’s Word never returns void. Much love and blessings to you, your family, and your congregation in Christ Jesus.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I can not thank you enough for your ministry. Like many men, I struggle with the temptation of lust and impurity. And like many men of the church today, I do not carry the Word of God in my heart the way I should. Temptation is always knocking at my heart and I know that the tool God has given me is not one I can use unless I exercise it daily. Thank you for being salt and light.

  5. Karen Johnson says:

    I’ve seen you live this out in your own life this year…you just continued to focus on scripture even though I know you had to have your own confusion after Christopher’s passing. You have helped me to do the same. Thank you so much and may God continue to comfort you, and us through you.
    The Maui Johnsons

  6. Anonymous says:

    Pastor Greg!
    Thank you soooo much for writing this blog. It comes at a perfect time in my walk with the Lord.
    It´s so easy to feel condemned when we fall and think that God will not take us back or love us anymore, but you`re right, if we confess, He is faithful to forgive us and is always ready to welcome us back with open arms…Just like the parable of the Prodigal son.
    Much love!
    Ursula

  7. Anonymous says:

    Jeez! Funny you should be talking about this…. at my job just moments ago..I had five people all trying to get me to go to a strip club… two of them girls! I am a Christian and they know this… This went on for like 30 mins and is still going on right now… and it is acceptable at my work to talk and do such things… parts of the Bible I have read on the topic of sexual sin started darting through my mind…and is helping me through this…This is a very well paying job and a hard job to get… but it just really makes me realize I dont belong here. I just feel like Joesph when he was being attacked by that women he ran.. thats pretty much how I feel.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the encouragement to state the word to combat satan’s lies. My husband’s job got eliminated. We now have to move across the country and leave my home and everything that has been a part of me for 45 years. Satan is messing with me, but the reminder to speak the word of truth is good.

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