No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV
We all continuously encounter temptation as we go about our daily lives, even the most revered, and we might still give in to temptation even if we decide to live indoors for the rest of our life. We are all susceptible to temptation, and we will never be free from it. Therefore, we need to comprehend what the Bible says about resisting temptation. We may tell we desire to live a life that pleases God by the fact that we are considering strategies to resist temptation. This is so crucial that Jesus incorporated it into ‘The Lord’s prayer.’ He said, “… and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…”
WHAT IS TEMPTATION?
Temptation is as old as humanity. It started at the very beginning of the Bible. It has existed from the time of Adam and Eve, and it will exist until the end of the world. Nothing in this world, not even prayer, could remove it. We just have one choice, which is to overcome it. Fighting against something we do not understand is nearly difficult. It would be like “boxing the air” to do that. So let us first discuss what temptation is before discussing how to resist it.
The impulse to give in to fleeting pleasures that jeopardize long-term objectives is known as temptation. For certain religions, temptation refers to the urge to sin. Temptation can also refer to the manipulation of a person’s curiosity, desire, or fear of losing something significant to them to persuade them to engage in such an act.
The steps below for resisting temptation are practical approaches. They are doable and successful strategies that provide resistance to all forms of temptation. Furthermore, these are not the insights of humans. Since they are taken from the Bible, we may be sure that they are timeless lessons that will never expire.
We should pray to resist temptation.
It was better articulated by Jesus in Matthew 26:41. He said, ” Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – NIV
In other words, prayer is crucial in the fight against temptation while we watch.
We should not disregard the guidance of our spirit.
The Holy Spirit speaks to us through our human spirit all the time, warning us not to do what is wrong. Surrendering to him will enable us to resist temptation.
We ought to confide in someone.
The Christian life is not intended to be lived alone. For all believers, it is crucial to have supportive friends and family members. Sometimes resisting temptation necessitates that we answer to both God and other men who share our values. When we need assistance, we might need to confide in someone who can provide it. We should seek out a confidant with whom we may discuss our plight when we are faced with problems in life or temptation. Our confidants should be informed of the situation, and we should be prepared to put any advice they may have into practice. Accountability will assist us in avoiding sin when it manifests itself, as well as in overcoming temptation. Our spouses, parents, coworkers, classmates, or members of the same church group can all serve as our confidants. We should use caution while deciding on a confidant, though, so that our hearts do not be hurt when we are attempting to be strong. We must confide in someone mature enough to manage messy circumstances.