How to resist temptation
Ever struggle with temptation? We all do. We all are constantly bombarded with temptation by the flesh, the world, and the Devil. Our "old man" is constantly struggling with the "new man." The Bible gives several ways to resist temptation and gives us precious promises to claim in times of temptation.
1. Watch and Pray
"Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matt. 26:41).
"And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one" (Matt. 6:13).
2. Submit to God and Resist the Devil
"Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up" (James 4:7-10).
3. Remember Christ is there to pray for you and help you
"For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted" (Heb. 2:18).
"For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:15-16).
4. God will not allow you to be tempted more than you are able
"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it" (1 Cor. 10:31).
Listen to an excellent sermon by Pastor Joe Jacowitz titled "Temptation's Agony & Sympathy" - Christ's Ministry to the Tempted. Click below to listen: