HANDLING TEMPTATIONS

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“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.” James 1:14-15 ESV

There are many self-help methods to handle temptation. However, God is the first person to teach on overcoming temptations and it is only wise to follow His teaching.

Let’s look at the response He gave Cain after he killed his brother, Abel:

“The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:6-7 ESV)

Cain’s sacrifice had just been rejected because it wasn’t according to God’s ordinance. He murdered his brother out of anger but the murder didn’t start there. God had warned him that sin was lurking at the door via his anger, and he should nip it in the bud.

From this, we can see that God’s strategy for handling temptations is to deal with sin when it begins to lurk, even before it enters your heart. The first way to do this is to flee at the appearance of evil. (I Thessalonians 5:22)

Sin works by letting us compromise little by little, therefore, it is best to stop sin before it grows.

At Jesus’ temptation, His conversation with the devil most likely happened in his mind. He was able to overcome the temptations because His mind was renewed with the word. Even though the encounter may have happened in his mind, he responded out loud. (Matthew 4:1-11)

So learn to control erroneous thoughts with words. Speak out the word of God and what he has said about those thoughts. Take out time to consecrate your thoughts in prayer. Prayer conditions you to live according to what you profess.

In handling temptations, learn to submit yourself to accountability among your brethren. To paralyze the work of Satan in the body, we must build strong family bonds. God’s heart for falling believers is restoration to and by the body (Galatians 6:1).

Finally, in Christian walk, learn to remind yourself about the gospel. The gospel is not just a message to believe but an example to emulate.

When you remind yourself of what Christ has done, you are emboldened in who you are in him, which helps you overcome temptations. You acknowledge that you are holy, therefore your actions would reflect that holiness.

Dear believer, you have overcome sin by the Spirit of God in you. Armed with the word of God, daily put to death the works of the flesh as they try to surface in your life. (Romans 8:2-3, 13, Colossians 3:9-10)

You can handle temptations!

Bible Reading Plan:
John 8:1-11, II Peter 2:1-9, Job 3, Ezekiel 9-12

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