Today is Sunday and this morning I’ll key out “How to Overcome Temptation.”
All people, both Christians and non-Christians alike, are tempted regularly, daily, and too often multiple times per hour.
Temptations are all around us, but God has given us a way of escape from all temptation.
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HERE ARE 5 WAYS ON HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION
1. Realize that you are being tempted
Too often we fail at overcoming temptation because we aren’t aware enough to understand that we’re even being tempted in the given moment. Stay clear-headed to your surroundings and, specifically, be careful with what you’re putting before your eyes!
2. Realize that God expects you to exercise self-control, rather than sinful abandon
One of my favorite Bible verses says this:
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).
3. Often the best way to overcome temptation is simply to flee
That’s correct…RUN! Look, there are some temptations–such as temptations of the flesh–that we’re too weak to overcome at times. The best way to be victorious in those moment is to simply walk away, run, flee, or turn off the TV.
4. Remember that Jesus overcame every temptation during his earthly existence, so you can overcome yours as well
If you could keep track of the times during any given day when you were victorious over temptation, rather than succumbing to it, I think you’d be amazed at how successful you were. God’s Holy Spirit lives and abides in the bodies/hearts/minds of believers, and God is more than a match for sin. Submit to the Lord’s leading and you’ll experience victory over sin more often.
5. Get involved in an accountability group of like-minded people
I suggest no more than 3 or 4 people per accountability group, and each group should be all male or all female. Accountability partners offer encouragement, guidance, suggestions, and a listening ear when needed. Being actively involved in an accountability group could be the very best thing you’ll ever do for yourself and your walk with God.
May God richly bless you for his glory!
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