Flee From Temptation Before You Fall For It!

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Billy Sunday once said, “Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.” This powerful quote reminds us that temptation will always be present in our lives. It lurks around every corner, waiting for a moment of weakness to pounce upon us. However, we must not let it overpower us. Instead, we should watch and pray diligently, remaining vigilant against its seductive allure. We need to become more aware of our own tendencies toward sin, recognizing when we are being enticed by our natural desires. This self-awareness is crucial because only when we acknowledge our vulnerability can we take necessary precautions to resist temptation’s grip.

It’s essential to understand that experiencing temptation doesn’t make us weak or flawed; it simply makes us human. Our instincts and desires often lead us astray if left uncontrolled. Therefore, recognizing this innate inclination towards sinful behavior is a significant first step on the path towards overcoming temptation. Throughout life’s journey, temptations will come knocking at our door time and again – this much is certain! To navigate these challenges successfully, however, we mustn’t be foolishly unaware or caught off guard by their arrival. Instead, let’s expect them! Let’s be ready to face them head-on! Expectation becomes half of the battle won already because with awareness comes preparedness and resilience against alluring vices that may try to pull us away from what truly matters most – living a righteous life. ~ Bill Greguska

Matthew 26:41  “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”








There Are Good Ways To Overcome Temptation!


Who Do You Listen To When Temptation Knocks?

There are ways to overcome temptation!

Learn practical ways to overcome temptation when you put your hope and faith in Jesus Christ

We all have temptation in our lives in one form or another.  Your weakness may not be mine, and my weakness might not be yours. 

God gave us The Ten Commandments to guide us away from harm, temptation, sin, and ultimate separation from God Himself.

The Ten Commandments are for our good, they help keep us from harm and gives us a so-called firewall from sin, but like all firewalls, the temptation can still get in and do a great deal of damage!

The best defense against temptation is to walk close to God, resist the devil, put on the armor of God, pray, do Bible reading, fellowship with other believers, and avoid those situations that you know are a weakness of yours.

Start to overcome temptation by not putting yourself in daily contact with people, places, or things that can easily lead you to be tempted. If you have a drinking problem, stay out of bars. If you have an eating problem, do not go to “All you can eat restaurants.” (etc.) Call on the Lord for your strength!




How Much Of A Problem Is a Temptation In Your Life?

A Temptation Is Easier To Fight When You Are Prepared!

Even Jesus Experienced Temptation, But Was Without Sin!

Don't Give Into Temptation!

The temptation is anywhere you turn! Be wise and be strong!

Some practical principles can help you grow stronger against the struggle of sin. Follow these suggestions, and you will find that they will significantly help you!


  • Don’t tempt yourself by being close to anything that tends to trip you up. Avoid situations and places that will draw 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 God gives in 1 Corinthians 10:13. Your battle isn’t any different than people have experienced all 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 threat!


  • 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 every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ! Put these scriptures into practice, and you will experience the power of God’s Word—a sharp weapon!


  • Too many Christians commit 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.



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The Struggle With Sin Is An Everyday Battle!

  • Do your homework. Though it can help you read God’s Word when tempted, it is sometimes not very practical. Reading and understanding God’s Word daily is better, 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 absorb His way of doing things. Then, when temptation comes, you will be ready.


  • Have a heart of praise and thankfulnessCan you think of a time when you were tempted to sin when your heart and mind were focused on your 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 being tempted on your own, but as you focus on God, His Holy Spirit will guard your heart and mind and give you strength. God will provide you with the power to resist and walk away.



Pastor Paul Clemente Teaches Us To Defend Ourselves!



When We Fall, We Must Confess And Repent Over And Over!

  • Confess your sins to God quickly. God created you and knows you well; he wants a deep relationship with you. Also, 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 and 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 hazardous to persist in living 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.




Strategies On How To Win Against Temptation!


Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV 

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Matthew 26:41 ESV

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

James 4:7 ESV 

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 1:12-16 ESV 

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.

Hebrews 2:18 ESV 

For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Ephesians 6:11 ESV 

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Mark 14:38 ESV 

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Ephesians 4:27 ESV 

And give no opportunity to the devil.

James 1:12 ESV 

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Luke 22:40 ESV

And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”





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