The Bible shares many ways to triumph over temptation. The best way is to avoid sin and keep away from things or places that introduce it. When Eve got close to the forbidden tree and engaged with the serpent in dialogue, she was overcome by temptation (Genesis 3:1-6). Therefore, Paul said, ”Flee fornication” and “flee from idolatry” (1 Corinthians 6:18; 10:14). We need to flee away from any temptation to sin as Joseph did from Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39:12).
King Solomon, the wisest man said, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished” (Proverbs 22:3). A wise man will foresee a situation for evil before it comes, and hide himself; he will be aware when he is entering into a temptation and will put on his armor and stand on his guard. Noah foresaw the coming of the flood, and hid his family in the Ark and escaped destruction. When the clouds are gathering for a storm, he takes the warning, and uses the name of the Lord as his strong tower.
It’s not enough that we just run from sin, we have to run to God as we run away from sin. “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” (James 4:8). Jesus admonishes His followers to, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation” (Matthew 26:41). When we get closer to God through prayer and study of the word, we will receive sufficient power from Him to overcome.
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). Victory is promised to all who by faith hold onto the Lord for help. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). The Lord has given us the assurance, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). As we put our trust in our loving God, no temptation will be impossible for us to overcome and we can confidently say, “… we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).
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