We are surrounded by temptations. Unfortunately most of us don’t know how to deal with it. In my opinion temptation is very individualistic. What I mean by that is that each person will experience temptation differently. For instance I might be tempted by laziness and you might be tempted towards being a workaholic. Laziness and working too much are both wrong. One person might be tempted towards violence whilst the next person are drawn to cowardice and inactivity. The reality however is that we are all tempted. And we all struggle to not be swallowed up by sin.
Now I don’t want to discuss sin in itself as such but it is important to understand that sin is a reality that we all have to face in this life. And sin is designed to destroy you and the ones you love. The Bible says the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). When you sin, death follows. If you commit adultery your marriage will die – it is not “if” but “when”. The same can be said of any other sin. Whether you gamble or use drugs, whether you abuse your spouse with the words you speak or even if you are a glutton – it will destroy you.
So back to the question: how do I resist temptation? Firstly I believe we should pray and seek God’s strength to resist Satan’s enticement. Jesus taught His disciples to pray and part of that prayer is “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:4). We should ask and trust our Father to lead us away from temptation and deliver us from its pull on our lives.
Secondly we should know where we are weak. If we know where our weakness is we can be alert in that area.
Thirdly flee from sin. Don’t hang out where you know you are going to be tempted. For instance if you have a weakness for alcohol abuse don’t hang out in a bar, that would be dumb!
Lastly get help. This one is very important. We all need support sometimes. If you require counseling because of drug problem, then go. Don’t be stubborn or proud. Get help! For most of us it is not so radical that we have to seek professional assistance but we can ask a friend to help us and hold us accountable. People who are on our side that are strong in certain areas can be a great motivation and inspiration to us in our times of struggle. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:26 that we are a body and if one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it. So let us help one another in this regard.
There is great reward when we resist the evil one’s temptation and start living holy and acceptable lives in the sight of our Lord.
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