Posts Tagged ‘ Temptation ’

VerseD: James 1:12

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.
James 1:12, ESV

Temptations, persecution, mocking, and struggles and worries will come our way. If we trust God and hold firm, they may not touch us, or they will bring us to Him all the quicker. Either way, they will not stop us!

VerseD: 1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13, NASB

Temptation will come as long as you live. It is not new nor unexpected. Trust in the Holy Spirit and choose to avoid sin and reject the temptation.

VerseD: Romans 8:37

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Romans 8:37 ESV

Do not be deceived.

We are not promised victory in all of our endeavors. We are promised victory over sin, sadness, and unforgiveness and fear as we encounter temptation, troubles, and persecution.

VerseD: Psalm 119:11

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11, ESV

Why is reading and meditating on (thinking about) Scripture important?

We memorize it, and it guides us out of temptation and away from sin. (See Jesus in Matthew and Luke chapters 4.)

VerseD: James 1:13-14

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.
James 1:13‭-‬14 ESV

It is not God’s fault that we are tempted and sin. The devil may tempt us, or his followers, but it really comes down to our desires and choices.

VerseD: Galatians 5:1

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1, ESV

How easily we act like ancient Israel, turning back to our old life and familiar temptations instead of fully pursuing our Lord.

Sin is slavery. Christ is liberty.

VerseD: 1 Peter 5:8-9

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
1 Peter 5:8‭-‬9, ESV

Most countries today know what Chrisitian persecution is, making it easy to see the devil’s tactics.

In prosperous countries, he is more subtle: convincing us to be selfish, self-centered, lazy, and apathetic.

Resist his enticements. Trust the Holy Spirit.