All of our days are filled with choices.
To eat healthy or binge on junk?
To get wasted tonight or to stay sober?
To have sex with that person, or not to have sex?
To go to church or to sleep in?
Every single day, we are faced with the challenge of making one decision or the other, and often times it is between what is good and what is evil. Temptation comes to everybody; even Jesus Christ was tempted on various occasions. As you probably know, it is really hard to fight and resist temptation, especially when the option is really satisfying. But remember that it is in your best interest to choose to do the right things at all times.
Knowing that resisting temptation is often difficult, I have put down 5 ways that could help you guys overcome it.Practice makes perfect, so be sure to pick one or all four and apply it to every tempting situation. I hope God gives you the grace to fight triumphantly.
- Remind yourself of the consequences:
Whenever you are about to fall into sin, try your best to remember the consequences that will follow if you oblige. Think of a time when you engaged in that sin and remember the punishment that came your way afterwards. We live and we learn. Mistakes are not meant to be repeated, but should be used as an opportunity to learn and do better.
The moment you remind yourself of how falling into temptation has punished you in the past, a feeling of fear and remorse will be instilled within you. You wouldn’t do it again because you obviously don’t want to suffer like you did before. So I believe that remembering the consequence of giving in to temptation will motivate you to stay away from it.
2. Recite bible verses:
As Christians, we must learn to fight the devil with powerful bible verses. That is why I am so big on remembering the scripture from the top of your head, because they can come in handy at any given time. You have no clue how powerful the word of God is until it saves you from what could destroy you. You must work on memorizing a list of Bible verses that will help you avoid temptation. You cannot rely on scrolling through a Bible during the time of temptation- the verses have to become second nature to you.
With that being said, take time out every day to remember bible verses, especially the ones that talk about protection, safety, peace and God’s sovereignty. Example of bible verses to recite for yourself are “So I will not fear, for God is with me”, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”, or “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen me and protect me from the evil one.”
The moment you feel the devil tempting you, go ahead and recite a bible verse that you believe will cast the spirit of temptation away. Let God’s word be your armor. It works, I promise you.
- Stay away from whatever, whoever and wherever may tempt you
If the first two options don’t work, you have to simply stay away from the source of your temptations. They could be vast, ranging from food, to movies, to people. But you have to take action if you don’t want to keep getting used by the devil.
It will be hard, but you have to do it as you’re running out of options at this point. If you have friends with whom you do evil things with, stay away from them. If it’s a certain website, block it from your computer. If it’s a club, don’t go. If it’s a book, don’t read. Unlike the other two, this option is very dependent on your level of self-control. You must have strong self-discipline before you can physically stay away from whatever causes your temptation. It will hurt, but it will shall worth it eventually.
The most significant way to fight temptation is to resort to serious prayers. Jesus taught us in the Lord’s Prayer to pray against temptation and the work of Satan [Matt 6:13]. It says “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Make it a daily habit to pray to God to keep you away from testing situations, and ask that he would protect you from temptations and trials that you cannot bear.
So, to whoever is reading this; whatever temptation you’ve been battling with, please remember that there is always a way out. YOU can fight it, you just have to put in the effort. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.”
Temptations will come today, tomorrow and forever. But remember that you have a God up there who will deliver you as soon as you call on him. The devil will not win in your future battles in Jesus’ name.