Satan works overtime to entrap you and steal you away from God. Mark 1:13 recounts how God’s son Jesus was tempted by Satan himself for 40 days and yet he resisted! “For 40 days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.”
Surely, people are faced with daily temptations; a flirtation with a co-worker, a “white lie” or taking something that doesn’t belong to you. Temptations in one’s own life could be considered small in comparison to the temptations that Jesus had, but the price is the same.
God wants you to spend eternity with him in heaven. Before we are called home to our Father in Heaven, we will face many challenges in our lives.
“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” (1Cor 10:13).
God not only has faith in our ability to overcome temptation, but he also gives us the tools that we need to strengthen ourselves against temptation so that we do not fall into sin.
The best defense against temptation is to be on the offense: daily devotionals, prayers, and staying in the “body” of Christ. Daily devotionals are your “quiet times” with the Lord. This time is spent with His word studying and learning. They are a great protection against temptation, because learning and understanding God’s word will give you the knowledge needed to recognize what is happening to you and be encouraged that God is protecting you no matter what. Conversations with God through prayer are another method of resisting temptation.
“May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry” (Psalm 88:2).
There is always safety in numbers. When we are inclusive in the “body” of Christ, our church brother and sisters, we are better equipped to fighting against temptations by Satan. Our sisters and brothers can offer us encouragement, prayer, as well as more insight to God’s word.
Having the support of your brothers and sisters in Christ also hold us accountable. “Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
No matter what temptations you face this day know that many more are soon to follow. Do not get weary or discouraged. Instead, be comforted in the love and faith that God has for you. He does not place before you more than what you can handle. He wants you to spend eternal life with Him in Heaven! Resist now. Do so with reading God’s word, praying to the Lord and getting with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.