How To Overcome Temptation
How to overcome temptation is Christian’s ability to defeat sin and to overcome temptation depends on and is inversely correlated with how diligently they study, accept, and follow the teachings of Scripture. The Holy Spirit, who is God Himself residing within us and enabling us to obey Him, has been given to us (Romans 8:3-14).
In order for us to “become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust, [we have been given] everything pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3-4). With the help of our wonderful and spotless Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we have been set “free indeed” from the bonds of sin (John 8:31-36). Please refer to “For the Non-Christian” if you are not a Christian.
But though as Christians we have been given the knowledge and means to walk in victory, we often fail. We fall short for a variety of reasons, such as un-knowledge, routine, selfishness, and lack of dedication. Are we the type of people who give God lip service while secretly clinging to the sins that are destroying our lives and our good conscience before God, or are we those who are fully devoted to victory and prepared to do what God commands us to do? Do we truly possess the will power to resist temptation? Christ’s strength will make us successful, but we must work hard to achieve it.
This booklet is an attempt to present twenty-four of the concepts found in the Bible, the live and effective Word of God, which provides the keys to overcoming temptation and sin. “All Scripture is given by divine inspiration and is useful for reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness; for the equipping of the saints for every good job.” (See 2 Tim. 3:16–17) The believer in Christ will be able to walk in freedom from the bonds of sin, enjoy a clear conscience before God, be filled with the Spirit, and exhibit the fruit of the Spirit if biblical principles are applied consistently and diligently.The Christian need not allow sin to rule them in this life; we can all live in the freedom and victory that He has called us to.
Why this one, when there are so many books and resources available? This resource is meant to fulfill two requirements. First, although there are many fine books available that address sin and temptation, in my opinion many do not explore the issue in enough breadth or depth. Scriptures that address this topic continued coming into view more frequently, and because I wasn’t looking for them, more and more principles that I had never seen before came into view as well. I started to see how important it is to continually deepen our relationship with the Lord in order to properly withstand temptation.
I started to see how important it is to continually deepen our relationship with the Lord in order to properly withstand temptation. Knowing what to do when tempted is crucial, but it’s just as important to know how to live your life to avoid temptation in the first place and to be spiritually resilient when it arises. Scripture makes reference to both ideas.
This booklet is split into two sections to better represent these two sets of principles. Rebuilding Your Relationship with the Lord is the topic of Section A, which also gives guidelines for strengthening our relationship with the Lord. In addition to allowing us to experience close relationship with God and the numerous advantages of walking in obedience to Him, these rebuilding processes also strengthen us and get us ready to resist temptation as both defensive and offensive strategies. Failure to complete these Rebuilding steps opens the door to temptation and makes it extremely harder to fully overcome temptation.
The defensive or reactionary actions we must take when temptation is present are described in Section B, “Resist Temptation When It Comes.” However, a thorough understanding of these ideas and their diligent application should enable us to confidently and successfully resist temptation. The order in which we apply these principles is typically not important.
The second motivation for developing this ebook was to offer a resource that was brief, direct, and verbose. We can easily forget even the most crucial lessons, so being able to swiftly come back to the text and recall the main ideas is critical. Most books don’t make it simple to quickly review the main ideas. Additionally, a lot of us don’t have much time for reading because we are so busy. In order to make it easier for us to incorporate these principles into our daily lives, this concise overview structure was created.
We must be attentive to apply every lesson the Scriptures provide us in our battle against sin in order to live above sin’s enslaving hold in this “adulterous and immoral generation.” In order to walk before God with a pure conscience, free to think His thoughts and carry out His purpose, we must learn to be sensitive to the Lord and triumphant over the lusts of the flesh. In order to avoid sin and please the Lord, we must adopt new behaviors and ways of thinking (2 Corinthians 5:9 and Ephesians 5:7-10). We will start to feel the freedom and power that should characterize those who know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior as we diligently apply Biblical principles and make them a way of life. By God’s grace, I pray that this pamphlet will help you reach your objective.
The non-Christian has a difficult time resisting temptation because, in contrast to Christians, he or she lacks the benefits of having their sins forgiven (Colossians 1:13–14), a new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), the Holy Spirit residing within them (Romans 8:1–11), and the intercessory work of Jesus Christ (1 John 2:1). According to John 1:18–18, Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh. He came to free us from the power of sin, as well as the punishment and eternal damnation that it entails. Take into account the following:
- In every sense, God is holy and faultless. God created regulations for His creation in order for them to follow His example of holiness and refrain from doing things that offend Him. Being eternally punished apart from Him is the penalty for disobeying His commandments. Since everyone has sinned—apart from Jesus Christ—this creates a predicament for every person. The lake of fire will be filled with all those whose sin has not been atoned for.
As a result, you must be perfect like your heavenly Father. (5:48 in Matthew)
Because people who suppress the truth in acts of injustice, God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all acts of ungodliness and wickedness. (1 Peter 1:18)
Because of our sin, we all “fall short of the glory of God.” in Romans 3:23
“…the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in burning fire, exacting vengeance on those who reject the message of our Lord Jesus and do not know God. And these will receive eternal damnation in the absence of the Lord as their punishment. (1 Thess. 1:7-9).
The books were opened, and another book the book of life was also opened. The dead were then judged based on what was recorded in the books and their deeds. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. and everybody who did not have their name inscribed in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (12, 15) Revelation 20:12-15
Romans 2:5–6, Ephesians 2:1–3, Matthew 15:18–20, 26:41–46, Hebrews 10:26–31, 39, Romans 2:5–6.
- In order for God to forgive crimes committed against Him, God’s Son and God in the flesh, Jesus Christ, entered this planet as a virginal baby with the sole intent of rescuing people. Only Jesus’ cross death and blood sacrifice are acknowledged by God as having the power to erase sin. Jesus had to die for this reason because only His blood can satisfy God’s demands for atonement for sin. No other option will work. Jesus became the One and Only Savior available to mankind because He was spotless and because He resurrected from the dead, death had no claim or power over him.
But God shows us His own love by sending His Son to die for us even though we were still sinners. We will be protected from God’s wrath through Him in a far greater way now that we have been made righteous by His blood. For if, when we were enemies, we were made right with God through the death of His Son, how much more will we be saved by His life after we are made right? (Rom. 5:8–10).
After speaking to the fathers in the prophets in various ways and segments long ago, God has spoken to us in these last days through His Son, whom He has designated as the heir apparent to everything and through whom He also created the world. And He upholds everything with the power of His word because He is the exact representation of His essence and the source of His splendor. He seated down at the right hand of the Majesty on High after making atonement for sins; (Hebrews 1:1–3) “And according to the Law, one may practically say that everything is cleaned by blood, and there is no forgiveness apart from the shedding of blood.” (Hebrews 9:22).
Knowing that the blood of Christ, which is priceless and like the pristine blood of an unblemished lamb, was used to redeem you instead of perishable materials like silver or gold from your worthless way of life that you received from your ancestor(1 Peter 1:18-19). Additionally, take a look at Philippians 2:5–11, Hebrews 1:1–14, 9:22–27, 10:1-39, and 1 Peter 2:21–24, 3:18.
- How does one become temptation and sin-free, get new life from Jesus, and avoid the impending judgment? By admitting to God that you are a sinner and believing that Jesus died and rose again to redeem you personally, you can obtain forgiveness of sins and eternal life in Jesus. Each person is given a free gift of salvation by God, which cannot be obtained via the performance of any “good works” or payment. On the basis of faith alone, aside from works or human efforts, God grants His salvation to all small and mighty, wealthy and impoverished for free.Declare your sinfulness and faith in Jesus Christ to atone for your transgressions so that He might accept you as one of His children as you cry out to Him for mercy and salvation. As you study, trust, and fervently seek the Lord in His Word, may the Lord richly reward you and give you His eternal life!
However, He gave the ability to become a child of God to everyone who received Him, including those who just believed in His name. (John 1:12)
“Because God loved the world so much, He gave His only Son, granting eternal life to everyone who trusts in Him. Given that, rather than sending the Son into the world to judge it, God intended for it to be saved through Him. Because he did not believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God, he has already been judged; he who believes in Him is not judged. And this is the judgment: even after the light entered the world, because of their bad conduct, people preferred the darkness to the light. (John 3:16-19).
I am the resurrection and the life, Jesus told her. Anyone who has faith in Me will live, even if they pass away. Additionally, whomever believes in Me and lives will never die. Do you really believe this? (John 11:25-26)
What must I do to be saved, sir? And they proclaimed, “You and your family will be saved if you believe in the Lord Jesus. (Acts 16:30-31).
that if you confess Jesus as Lord with your mouth and believe in your heart that God resurrected Him from the dead, you will be saved because man believes with his heart, producing righteousness, and confesses with his mouth, producing salvation (Romans 10:9-20)
Because of grace and not by works, you have been saved through faith. This is God’s gift to you; no one should take credit for it (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Furthermore, it is impossible to please God without faith since anybody who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. in Hebrews 11:6
See also Galatians 2:20-3:14, 22, Titus 3:4-7, 1 John 1:8-2:2, 5:10-13, Acts 10:38-43, 15:7-11, John 3:36, 5:24, 38-47, 6:29-40, 7:3.
What can I do to resist temptation?
Use these five strategies to resist temptation:
- Take action to leave the situation. Out of sight, out of mind, as the saying goes.
- Embrace yourself. Usually, we want what we cannot have. Pull yourself away.
- Imagine fending off the temptation.
- Determine your predictions and order them.
What are the three temptation causing factors?
Sometimes, people who habitually put more effort into maintaining self-control were more likely to succumb to temptation. This might be because developing self-control without the help of a habit could swiftly deplete one’s mental resources, leading them to eventually give in to temptation.
- The world: to fall from the peak in order to provoke God;
- The flesh: to bake bread out of stones;
- Satan: to worship the devil.
Why was Jesus able to resist temptation?
Jesus experienced all of the temptations that you and I experience. Although He was entirely God, He yet succumbed to the devil’s temptation. Jesus stayed true to Himself during His temptation in Luke 4:1–13 by resisting all Satan threw at Him. He can relate to our struggles because He was tempted in the same way that we are. He is a great example of how to resist temptation and persevere through trials. The strength of God’s Spirit and the Word of God were the keys to His victory. We also have access to these tools. Jesus demonstrates the effectiveness of these weapons in vanquishing the foe.
The tale of Jesus’ temptation is found in Luke 4:1–13. It teaches us about the demonic strategy as well as the ability of God’s Word and Spirit to triumph. ALSO READ DIVINE PROTECTION THROUGH PRAYER
GODS’ ROLE WHEN TEMPTED IS AGAINST THE BELIEVER
However, the Bible (1 Corinthians 10:13) emphasizes that God sifts the types of temptations that we face. He doesn’t let us experience temptations that are too great for us to handle. This implies that there is no temptation that has the ability to overcome a believer.
The bible (1 Corinthians 10:13) promises that even when temptation strikes, God will offer a way to endure it while it lingers in your life. This gives the believer even greater solace.
So, when a believer is tempted, we say that God:
- He decides how strong the temptation is for the believer. He is shielded from further temptation by God. God won’t let you succumb to temptations that are too difficult for you to handle.
- He offers a route out or a method to face and resist the temptation. He is the one who creates a path where none initially appears to exist. He requires the believer to be perceptive of opportunities rather than limitations, impediments, and restrictions.
The believer is now left with a few obligations.
THE DUTY OF BELIEVERS TO CONQUER TEMPTATION
- Be mindful of God’s ability to provide for you in any tempting circumstance. There is always something that can be done to utilize what God has given. Never think that you are unable to resist any tempting circumstance. You must be aware that you have what it takes to resist and prevail in any tempting circumstance. Find a technique to resist every temptation that comes your way. God allows you to experience temptations. He is aware that you are incapable of falling. It’s your fault if you trip or fall. It’s important to recognize your strength in Christ. If you proceed in ignorance, the devil will treat you unfairly. 1 Corinthians 10:13
- Pay attention to God’s Word. This will enable you to strengthen yourself in advance of any temptation coming your way. Your strength is limited if you give in to temptation (Pro.24:10) Gain power by paying attention to God’s message. Acts 20:32, Proverbs 24:5, John 17:17, and Psalms 119:9–11
- Ask for strength in prayer. You can ask God in your prayers for the power and the grace to resist temptations when they arise. Jude 20 and Matthew 26:41
- Put self-gratification aside. When addressing the excessive cravings that lead to evil deeds, there should be a strong feeling of purpose. Romans 13:14 makes it clear that no attempts should be made to appease or fulfill these excessive desires that run counter to what is expected of a Christian character.
- Become more spiritually mature. According to 1Corinthians 3:1–3, carnality which is essentially human and temporal and not spiritual is a sign of christian immaturity. It manifests as envy, disagreements, and conflict. Therefore, having a growth plan is crucial. A Christian must prepare themselves for participation in Kingdom activities by avoiding the pain of temptation and the price of sin (2 Timothy 2:19-21). Believers need to put in a lot of effort to clean up.
- Be surrounded by respectable people. Our relationships with friends fuel the flame of our passions. According to 2Samuel 13, Amnon has an excessive urge to have sex with his sister but is unable to carry out this plan on his own. However, his friend Jonadab gave him advice on how to plan his sinful deed. The Bible repeatedly forbids following the advice of the ungodly, traveling alongside sinners, and hanging out with people who despise respectable behavior (Psalm 1:1-3). Evidently, bad behavior is corrupted by bad associations and communication.
- Defiance of the Devil You can’t win over anything if you don’t face it. Anything you don’t fight for has the right to stay. You should not let anything you don’t want in your life to develop. Resisting the Devil will make him leave you alone while he wanders around seeking someone to consume. (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8) Do not accept his recommendations or agents in your life.
- Leave Dangerous Areas immediately. As Christians, according to 1Corinthians 6:18, we should avoid immorality. We are commanded to refrain from any appearance of evil in 1Thessalonians 5:22. Run away from any circumstance that might put the integrity of your faith in jeopardy. Your standing before God is now in peril because of that location.
God sees us as the apple of his eye. In His hands, we are a precious seed. In order to show ourselves before him as a flawless church without a blemish or wrinkle, we must be kept blameless.
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