Struggling With Temptation

As long as we live, there will be times of struggling with temptation. It is the initial thought that we must deal with quickly and not dwell upon. If we can quickly apply the scriptures to our lives, when the temptation comes, our struggle will be sooner over and we will win the battle. As the book of James relays, conception with temptation gives birth to sin. The key is to not romance temptation, but to rather turn from it swiftly because we desire to live in a good relationship with our Lord.

Luke 22:46
And He said to them, why do you sleep? Get up and pray that you may not enter [at all] into temptation.

Have you been struggling with temptation? Jesus gives us the way out of its grasp. The way of escape is through prayer. When temptation comes and it will, turn from it and begin to pray immediately. Also pray protection from temptation as Jesus taught us to pray using these words “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matt6:13) by doing this we are saying Lord lead me, I am willing to follow. He will guide us onto paths of holiness and protect us from evil.

Somethings to think about:

How is it that you resist temptation?

What was the last time you noticed that a thought was trying to pull away from God?

What instructions has God given us in order to help us be strong and resist sinning when it sticks its ugly face in our lives?

Prayer: Lord help me to resist temptation and lead me far away from it when it comes. I desire to remain obedient because of your love for me and mine for you.