Temptation is Not a Sin, Only if You Act Upon it!
We all need to overcome temptation in our lives living in our society with all of the laws we have, otherwise, if you do not, there are consequences when you can not overcome temptation in your own. The best defense against temptation is to walk close to God, resist the devil, to put on the armor of God, prayer, Bible reading, fellowship with other believers, and to avoid those situations that you know are a weakness of yours.
Billy Sunday was quoted to have said, “Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in”. Take what Billy Sunday said one step further, we need to realize that temptation can be very powerful, but with God’s help, we can overcome temptation that we face!
None of us can overcome temptation on our own on a regular basis, we may think we can, but ultimately our flesh is too weak, but with the power of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, there can be victory to overcome temptation when we submit ourselves to God. ~ Bill Greguska
There Are Ways to Overcome Temptation!
Too many Christians have a commitment to convenience. They’ll stay faithful as long as it’s safe and doesn’t involve risk, rejection, or criticism. Instead of standing alone in the face of challenge or temptation, they check to see which way their friends are going. ~ Charles Stanley
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.
Temptation is Easier to Fight if You Are Prepared!
Some practical principles can help you grow stronger against the struggle of sin. Follow these suggestions and you will find that they will be of great help to you!
- Become more aware of your personal tendency toward sin. Explains that you are tempted when you become enticed by your natural desires. The significant first step is recognizing your natural tendency to be tempted by your human instincts and desires. The temptation will be with you during your entire life, so don’t be foolish by not expecting it. Expect to be tempted! Be ready for it! That’s half of the battle.
- Don’t tempt yourself by being close to anything that tends to trip you up. Avoid situations and places that will tempt you, and if you can’t (like if it’s your place of work), then be sure to be prayed up each time you’re there. I love the promise that God gives in 1 Corinthians 10:13. Your battle isn’t any different that people have experienced through all of the time. God is faithful! No temptation is so strong that you can’t say “no” to it. He gives you the strength to choose a different way of behaving! Select a way of dealing with your temptation before it happens. Look for the way out that God has promised and then do not delay! Do what it takes to remove yourself from the temptation.
- Use God’s word to help you. Hebrews 4:12 says that you can carry a weapon, the living and active Word of God, that will test your thoughts and attitudes. The weapons God gives us to fight temptation have divine power to demolish the strongholds we face. God tells us to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ! Put these scriptures into practice, and you will experience the power of God’s Word—a sharp weapon!
- Do your homework. Though it can be helpful to read God’s Word when you’re being tempted, sometimes that’s not very practical. It is better to read God’s Word daily, so it eventually becomes a part of you. You don’t have to do a certain amount of reading legalistically, but regularly reading what God says about life helps you to absorb His way of doing things. Then, when temptation comes you will be ready.
- Have a heart of praise and thankfulness. Can you think of a time when you have been tempted to sin when your heart and mind were focused on gratefulness to God? It can’t happen! Praising God takes your focus off of yourself and puts it on God, where it belongs. You may not be robust enough to resist temptation on your own, but as you focus on God, His Holy Spirit will guard your heart and mind and give you strength. God will give you the strength to resist and walk away from the temptation.
- Confess your sins to God quickly. He created you and knew well. He wants to have a deep relationship with you. He loves you unconditionally, but sin destroys your ability to experience that deep relationship with Him. 1 John 1:9 says that if you confess what you’ve done wrong, God is faithful will forgive your sins! It’s a promise!
- When you fail, repent. It is not the end of the world when you fail, but it is very dangerous to persist to live in your sin. James 1:15 explains that sin “when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” That’s not a good place to be, so repent. Repent means to turn completely around in the other direction. Instead of going the wrong way, turn completely around and go the right way. You’ll experience God’s forgiveness, His goodness, and His faithfulness.
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Be on guard! We will always be tempted until the day we die. Whatever you might be facing at this time, keep in mind that you are not the only person to have ever experienced it. And you most certainly will not be the last. Talk to God about it, knowing that He is powerful, faithful, and trustworthy. He will never tempt you himself, but at times he allows you to be tempted to be able to practice your feel will to follow Him or to fall to the thing that is tempting you at the moment.
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A temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in. Billy Sunday
Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”