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Tackling Temptation

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‎”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

We are going to be tempted to sin, that comes as no surprise to anyone! However, we CAN withstand the temptations through the power of the Holy Spirit within us when these temptations come around. There is tremendous comfort in this fact that He provides a way out of falling into sin.

It is crucial for every child of God to realize that satan is always on the prowl to destroy the testimony of Christians by throwing temptations into their path. The devil knows our weaknesses sometimes better than we even do! And, He will keep hitting on those areas of our life to try and make us stumble.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour ~ 1 Peter 5:8

“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin…” ~ James 1:14-15a

This verse in Peter tells us to be alert, and self-controlled. It is easy to become desensitized to sin in our culture, but we must be ever aware of our surroundings so as to not fall into unnecessary temptation! Let us know our weaknesses and stay away from those areas that may cause us to stumble in our walk for God!

The good news is we can live a victorious Christ-filled life though His power.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. ~ Romans 8:37

We have the power to persevere if we choose to use it, He has promised to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

The key to the victorious Christian life is to keep our eyes on Jesus by studying and obeying His Word the Bible, keeping a close network of godly people around us for support, sitting under sound teaching of God’s Word, and talking to God through prayer.

This doesn’t mean the temptations will stop, but we will be able to spot them a long way off and avoid certain situations that are our weakness.

Thank You Jesus for dying on the cross for my sin, help me to keep my focus on You, the Author and Finisher of my faith, for a life that would bring You honor and glory all the days of my life!!

Contributed by Mary Heuss Nelson

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