19Oct

It is Written: Resisting Temptation Like Jesus

It Is Written: 4 Steps to Resisting Temptation like Jesus

We all go through temptations.  Some are seemingly insignificant while some are huge.  Some will be those that we will face repeatedly.

But, a part of walking with Christ is honoring Him with our lives.  We are no longer slaves to sin, and we need to act like it.  So how do we resist when temptation is so strong?

There is no better way to resist temptation than to follow the only man who’s ever done it.

In Matthew 4:1-11, we can see 4 key things that Jesus did to resist the temptations thrown at Him straight from the devil.

Be prepared.

Know that overcoming temptation begins long before you actually face it.  Jesus spent time with his Father, regularly.  This time, He’d been fasting for 40 days.  Yes, Jesus was hungry, but he was anything but weak.  It’s filling ourselves up with things of the world that robs us of strength.  Fasting and praying strengthens us.  Jesus was prepared for Satan’s attack, because He had spent time with His father.

Call on your authority.

Through Christ, we have authority, and God’s word gives that to us.  God’s word is powerful!  And it’s the one thing Satan can’t argue with.  Satan is a quick wit.  If we come at him with reasons  and excuses, he will beat us nearly every time.  We have to come at him, Just as Jesus did, with all the power of God’s word.  With every temptation, Jesus was ready with God’s word in response. This is why scripture memorization is so important!

Know who you are.

This is a biggie.  We have to know who we are in Christ.  Loved.  Strong.  We have the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us! We are heirs with Christ.  It’s so easy to let that voice of insecurity step in and taunt us to prove ourselves.  Satan said “If you really are the son of God…”  But Jesus knew.  He didn’t have to prove himself to anyone.  He knew.  And that was more than enough.  Furthermore, He had perspective—He knew that nothing satan had to offer would hold a candle to what He already had in His father. We have that same assurance.

Be strong and steadfast.

We cannot waver.  Seemingly innocent temptations can get out of control if given a chance.  Sin starts small–one tiny step at a time. Jesus never even took that first step.  Jesus didn’t consider Satan’s proposals.  He didn’t waver with a “let me think about it”, or “This little thing couldn’t hurt.”  The goal is never to see how close we can get to sinning without crossing some magic line.  The goal is always to strive toward holiness.  By stopping temptation in its tracks, even on the little things, we can make sure they don’t become big things.

 Submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee.  –James 4:7

Finally, remember Ephesians 6:10-18 and put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

What are your tips for resisting temptations in your life, big and small?

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  1. Nice post! Satan is sneaky and knows our weaknesses and our weakest times so resisting temptations is hard but of eternal importance. One part of be prepared that I’ve been taught is to make decisions now, before the temptation and then when the situation is before you, you don’t have to consider it. We need to know our own weaknesses and make decisions now how to handle those situations and the Lord can turn our weakness to a strength.
    keep up the good work!

  2. This is excellent, Crystal!!

    I think a big one for me (learning from experience) is try to avoid (if at all possible) putting yourself in a situation where temptation can overtake you — as in you have no accountability.

    This is one reason it’s important to understand why the body of Christ needs one another. :)

    • Christin, I completely agree…the old adage, “It’s easier to avoid temptation than to resist it.” is so true…preemptive strike. And, accountability is huge as well.

  3. Awesome! It is so hard to resist temptation because sometimes we don't even realize we are about to step in a mess. I just try to pray regularly for God to help me discern good from evil and follow His path for me.

    • Temptation itself is not a sin because Jesus Himself was tempted. It only becomes a sin when we allow ourselves to give in to it. And only true, born-again believers have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside them to help give them strength when a particular temptation comes upon us.

      I Cor. 10:13 is of great help in this area and we need to call upon the Holy Spirit to help us when we feel temptation coming upon us; in our own strength we cannot overpower satan and his demonic cohorts. They are way to strong for us, but not as strong as the Holy Spirit.

      We also need to use our spiritual weapons found in Eph. 6:12-18.

      Fortunately, some day, in Eternity, God will wipe out and eradicate all sin and temptation, but until then we need to continue to “fight the good fight” as Paul told young Timothy.

      • John, just to clarify, when I say “resist temptations” I don’t mean to imply that temptation itself is a sin…but that we should resist whatever is tempting us rather than giving in to it.

        I completely agree about 1 Cor 10:13. One of my favorite verses–both inspiring and convicting. Inspiring because it’s a promise that God will help us, and convicting because it’s a reminder that every single sin we partake in is a choice we’re making to go against God…we have to actually choose the sin over God’s alternative and that’s a sobering thought.

        And, as you can see from the post I agree about the armor of God found in Ephesians 6:12-18, I just wanted to focus on Jesus’ reaction to temptation for this particular post.

        Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and joining the conversation :)

    • Rosann, you’re so right. satan sneaks around…seeking who he can devour, he’s sneaky. I agree we should be constantly watchful and on guard. THanks for commenting.

  4. Marley Tribble says:

    This is the first time I have found your blog and I feel as though this is written for me!

    • Marley, I love to hear that! Thank you for your sweet words, and I believe it IS written for you! I pray over every post that God will use it to touch whoever might need it. I pray that you’ll be blessed.

  5. Such good advice! Thanks for being so scriptural!
    Today I wrote about praying my friend's son Kerven home from Haiti. I made a button to encourage others to pray for him as well. Would you consider posting this button on your blog?
    Thanks!
    http://www.suchakingdom.com/2012/10/pray-this-boy-home.html#

  6. Thank you this really spoke too me and im gonna apply this my life i thank god for your contribution

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