Here are 6 Ways God Can Help You Resist Temptation
Unless I absolutely have to have it, I try to stay away from temptation. 1 Many Christians share the point of view expressed in this quote, which is meant to be ironic. We make great efforts to avoid the allure of sin, but our methods and positive self-talk only serve to keep us from giving in to it. Despite how frequently we fail, we are not doomed to give in to sin whenever we are tempted. When we pray to God for aid, He always comes through for us.
It was a shock to some of us when we became Christians and faced temptation for the first time. For some reason, we thought that after Jesus had rescued us, sin would no longer be able to enter our lives. But we soon discovered that sin not only rings the bell but also seeks to force its way through the deadbolts. We even leave the door ajar and welcome sin in for a cup of coffee on occasion.
If Jesus, our Lord and Savior, was sinless, then why should we be? As soon as Jesus began His ministry to the public, Satan began attacking Him relentlessly. Find out how Jesus dealt with Satan’s temptations in Matthew 4. Despite the fact that His divine brilliance was hidden by frail human flesh, He was able to oppose and ultimately vanquish Satan.
A few people have the opinion that God tempts us. Even in the first century, some people probably misunderstood something. Because of this, James felt compelled to write to the first-century Christians and warn them about temptation’s actual origins.
And if you find yourself in a sticky situation, try not to blame God for it by saying, “God is enticing me.” There is no such thing as temptation for God, and God never tempts anyone. The source of temptation is the allure and allurement of our own desires. Sinful behavior originates in these wants. In the same way, sin is the mother of death when it is permitted to flourish. Words to live by (James 1:13-15 NLT)
Scripture does hint, however, that God uses temptation as part of His righteous design. One example is seen in Matthew 4:1, which reads, “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil” (NLT). If a father truly loved his son, why would he take him to a place where he might give in to temptation?
When Jesus was tempted by Satan, the Spirit of God led him into the wilderness, where he faced severe hunger and thirst. Jesus’ heart’s state was on full show during His time of temptation. Obviously, Jesus passed with flying colors. His reply demonstrated His heart had always been and still is completely holy.
God permits us to go through trials and temptations for the same purpose. The way we respond to temptation tells the story of our souls. When sin is exposed, it can be eradicated with God’s aid. God utilizes trials and temptations to change our hearts from a state of depravity to one of complete commitment to Him.
Our loving Father God pledges to help us resist temptation just as He helped Jesus.
You aren’t alone in facing temptations like the ones you’ve encountered throughout your life. God, meanwhile, never fails to keep his promises. He will not put you in a position where you are tempted beyond your ability to resist. He will make the road of escape clear to you when you are tempted. (First Corinthians 10:13 New Living Translation)
God’s Aid in Times of Temptation: 6 Strategies
1. The Holy Spirit prays for us at every moment.
When we put our faith in Jesus and are saved, the Holy Spirit moves into our hearts and stays there permanently. He constantly intercedes with God the Father on our behalf and begs Him to provide us the strength to resist temptation. The Holy Spirit intercedes on your behalf before God to provide the resources you need to resist temptation, be it a second helping of dessert or resentment over a failed marriage.
Moreover, the Holy Spirit strengthens us when we are weak. As an illustration, we have no clue as to the specific requests God has for our prayers. However, the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf with groanings that are beyond words. The Father understands the Spirit’s words because the Spirit intercedes on our behalf according to God’s own will. To sum up (Romans 8:26-27 New Living Translation)
2. God provides relevant and timely guidance.
God, in the Old Testament, assured the prophet Isaiah and Israel that He would lead them. Even now, he gives us the same advice on a personal level. The Holy Spirit within us guides us toward the right decisions and away from danger.
He will be audible to your own ears. Somebody will be yelling, “This is the direction you should go,” from behind you, whether you turn right or left. Then you’ll smash your priceless gold statues and silver portraits. You’ll toss them aside like used napkins and tell them, “Good riddance!” (Numbers 30:21, 22)
3. God’s Word is a source of instruction and correction.
We have access to God’s Word because He inspired men to write it down and kept it alive for millennia so that we may use it to guide our lives today. A book about God won’t help us much. Our souls require the truth as much as our bodies require sustenance in order to resist temptation. It is important to commit God’s Word to memory so that it can immediately spring to our aid in times of temptation.
All of Scripture is God-breathed and hence authoritative in its teaching of truth and correction of error. It teaches us the appropriate things to do and makes us aware of our mistakes. The Bible is one of the primary ways God trains and equips his people to serve him and the world. As written in the New Living Translation of 2 Timothy 3:16-17:
4. God provides us with Christian siblings to uplift and encourage one another.
God has made us his own via Jesus, and that makes us a family. He intended for this group of people to serve as a moral compass. The Bible instructs believers to help their relatives during times of trouble because God commands it. A fellow Christian’s timely words or actions can break the power of Satan’s falsehoods and temptations.
If one of your Christian brothers or sisters falls into sin, you who are godly should seek to gently and humbly restore them to the path of righteousness. Also, watch out that you don’t give in to the same urge. Help each other out and you will be following Christ’s commandments. (Galatians 6:1-2 New Living Translation)
5. God provides a beneficial alternative to giving in to sinful temptation.
Idleness, as the saying goes, is the devil’s workshop. Paul reassures the Thessalonians of this reality and urges them to keep busy in order to avoid falling prey to temptation. If you notice your resistance to sin eroding when you have free time, it might be time to ramp up your activities.
Yet it has come to our attention that some of you are unwilling to work and instead spend your time interfering in the affairs of others. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we command and strongly encourage such individuals to plant permanent roots and provide for themselves. 2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 (New Living Translation)
Inside of us is the might of the Almighty God. Might there be something more potent? Many of us go through life convinced that we can do nothing to stop Satan. In reality, however, God’s strength is “all” we require to live a blameless life. If we really believed this, how might that affect how we react to sin?
When we believe this, we learn to turn to God whenever we catch even a scent of temptation.
Because of the genuine knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and greatness, we have been given all we need for life and godliness. (Two Peter 1:3 New American Standard Bible)
That’s the Good News
“Temptation is the devil peeking through the keyhole,” Billy Sunday, a professional baseball player and evangelist, once stated. If you give in, you’re essentially inviting him inside. Satan uses temptation to get access to our souls. Nobody can resist his power.
The good news is that God always gives us the strength to endure. Don’t just throw the door wide for Satan to come in and wreck your life. For every attempted break-in, God activates a security system that sounds an alarm and dispatches reinforcements.