Temptations come to every person on this earth. Even Jesus was “tempted in every way, just as we are” (Hebrews 4:15) but without sin. Therefore, the Lord calls on the believers to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
What are the weapons of victory over temptations?
1-The Holy Spirit: If we have the Spirit of Christ residing in our hearts, we already have what it takes to resist the temptations of the devil. As Paul told the Galatians, “live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Galatians 5:16).
2-The Word of God: The Psalmist tells us “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). When Christ was tempted by Satan in the desert, the first thing He did was to quote Scripture (Matthew 4:4-10), which eventually caused the devil to leave Him.
3-Prayer: Jesus taught us in the “Lord’s Prayer,” to pray that we would not be lead into temptation (Matthew 6:13; Luke 11:4). And when Jesus was tempted in the Garden of Gethsemane, he pleaded with the disciples to pray “so that you will not fall into temptation” (Mark 14:38).
4-Avoid temptations: Paul warns us to “flee” from temptation (1 Timothy 6:11). Like Joseph, we need to flee and not linger around sin.
5-Have faith in God: Finally God promised His children that “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). This is a promise from God, and those that are being tempted should be “fully persuaded” that God has the power to do what He has promised (Romans 4:21). And whenever the Lord call us to do something, He also furnishes us with every means for complete victory “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
In His service,
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