Resisting Temptation

You can grow tall and strong by resisting temptationI have to admit, I’m a sucker for some things. I am constantly have to battle against temptation. My biggest temptation is the desire to eat unhealthy things, another temptation is to procrastinate, after all I can always do it later, and a big one is the temptation to indulge myself with every new electronic device that comes along. I don’t need them, but I want them, and to most of us a big temptation we face, is the glitz and glamour of the world around us. It is inevitable that we will all face temptation at one time or another.

The question can we avoid falling into temptation? Not really, even Jesus was tempted, but, there is a prayer we can say when we are facing temptation. It’s called the Lord’s prayer and there is a line in it that we find in Matthew chapter 6 verse 13 “‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Now of course God will never lead us into temptation, He will if we ask, give us the strength to resist the temptation that comes our way.

In fact, Paul writes in 1 Corinthians chapter 10 verse 13 “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” It may be difficult to resist the temptations we face, but with God’s help we can endure and not fall prey into the trap. So the next time you find yourself facing temptation, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and ask God to send the Holy Spirit to help guide you as you make your decision as to what to do. If you do that then you have a great chance to get past the temptation and to be able to lead a true Christian life.

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