by: Creflo Dollar
Temptation is something every one of us face at one time or another, and how we handle it is an indication of our character. We’ve all been tempted in various ways, like deciding whether or not to cheat on an exam, lie on a job application, or gossip about someone we don’t like. It’s not just a feeling that comes out of nowhere—it’s actually an evil spirit the devil sends to try and trip us up, and it’s unfortunate that trips up so many of us. But the Bible shows us how we can overcome it.
Even Jesus Himself faced temptation when He was fasting in the wilderness, but He defeated it when He spoke the Word of God over the situation (Matthew 4:1-11). The devil, who is also known as the tempter, likes to visit us when we’re at our weakest and suggest ideas that go against what the Scriptures tell us. We’re not strong enough to resist using our own willpower, but if we pray and ask for God’s strength, the devil is no match against us.
When we’re tempted to do something we know isn’t the right thing to do, we don’t have to give in to the suggestion that it may be “fun” for the moment. We’re locked in a spiritual battle over who controls our mind and influences our decisions, and it’s up to us who we choose to listen to. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Satan and his demons may seem strong, but God is stronger. Allying ourselves with God and His angels is a guaranteed victory.
Just like practicing anything else, when we practice deliberately doing the right thing, making the right choice gets easier over time. This includes resisting temptations whenever they hit. “Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one. But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions)” (James 1:2-4, 13, 14, AMP). Sometimes it seems like we’re tempted the most when we’re very near to achieving an important goal. Perseverance is especially important during these times.
God knows exactly what we’re going through, and if we trust Him, He promises to always deliver us from evil. When we rely on His strength, He’ll never let us be overcome by anything that goes against His Word. “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). God is aware of all the situations we face because His Son, Who was human just like us, had to endure what we are enduring, and came out victorious. We can have the same victory!
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