Temptation is something that all of us face. James 1:13-15 gives us some insight as to where temptation comes from:
Let no man say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God can’t be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is full grown, produces death.
This passages shows us that temptation comes from lust (NKJV says desires), and lust then turns into sin. Death comes from following those temptations & being enticed by our lusts. We might then wonder, where does lust come from? I believe that it comes from the enemy. Lust is part of our sinful nature; when we become Christ’s and die to our sinful nature, the enemy still tries to creep in with sinful thoughts.
Jesus said in John 10:10: “The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” What I’m getting at is that our enemy, the devil, wants to steal, kill, and destroy us. He will oftentimes do so through our thoughts, and temptation.
Again, temptation is something we all face. Lustful and sinful thoughts, it happens to us all, including ME. We aren’t perfect, because the enemy often will try to plant these thoughts in our head. If we aren’t careful, and end up following our temptation, this will lead to death. I don’t say this to scare you, but to make you more aware & to help you fight the fight of faith.
Because temptation is real & comes from thoughts from the enemy, today I want to share a few tips to help you battle temptation.
Seek God FIRST & Arm Yourself with His Truth
Seeking God first is so vitally important in our relationship with Him and battling temptation. When we daily set aside time to get in the Word and in prayer & worship, our mind becomes focused on what truly matters.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing. It’s super important to have a designated time to pray & read the Word every day, as well as to pray/worship/meditate on God’s Word throughout the day. This will help us keep our minds on things above (Colossians 3:2), and cast our cares on Him.
We need to daily be arming ourselves with truth and the WHOLE armor of God (found in Ephesians 6:10-20),by getting in His presence daily. I hope and pray you will designate a time of day to spend time with the Lord, as well as strive to set your mind on Him throughout the day.
Seeking Him first & setting your mind on Him is the first step in having victory over temptation.
John 8:31-32 // Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, andthe truth shall make you free.”
Without boundaries, we will more likely do things we know are wrong. Think about this example: if a girl hangs out with guys in God-honoring group settings and makes a point not to be in one-on-one/tempting situations with guys, she will be protecting herself from giving into temptation as well as protecting her purity and that of her guy friends.
Boundaries can apply to various temptations you might face – temptations to be on your phone all day, to eat junk food, to be lazy, etc. Strive to set boundaries from what you will and won’t do, and stick to them by God’s strength. Obviously, we will still mess up; but we can always come to God and repent and turn from sin and start again.
Setting boundaries means nothing unless we daily look to Him for strength. He is the strength in your weakness; surrender all to Him, look to the Lord for the power to resist temptation. Don’t live in guilt when you mess up; genuinely repent and start again.
2 Corinthians 12:9 // And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
1 Corinthians 16:13 // Watch! Stand firm in the faith! Be courageous! Be strong!
Be Alert – Fight the Enemy & Claim Victory
We have an enemy and he wants to knock us down; he wants to steal, kill, and destroy our souls (see John 10:10). I’m not saying this to scare you, friends, but to remind you to be on guard.
1 Peter 5:8 says: “Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Just because someone is a Christian and sets Godly boundaries, doesn’t mean they won’t still face temptation. I have, and still do, face tempting thoughts at times and things that I know are from the enemy. It happens to everyone, which is why we must fight and claim victory in Jesus’ Name.
We have the power through Jesus to rebuke and reject the enemy and tell him to leave our minds and our lives. Lately I’ve been doing this daily as I face any thoughts that aren’t of God, and it has helped me greatly. I encourage you to vocally command the enemy to leave you alone in the Name of Jesus and to claim victory, as well as pray throughout the day – praising God, giving Him your struggles and sinful thoughts, etc.
Romans 8:11 // But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Politely Decline Others When You Need To
When others are telling and tempting you to do something you KNOW is wrong, you need to flee. Sometimes, the only thing you can do is leave. Politely decline others when you need to. Just say NO. Even if it means looking weird in the eyes of others, it is worth it to protect yourself from sin.
We should befriend and love on and show Jesus to unbelievers, but make sure they aren’t your best friends who influence you. 2 Corinthians 6:14 says: “Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”
Know that it’s okay to distance yourself from friends who aren’t saved who are dragging you away from righteousness. In some occasions, if you have friends who consistently try to drag you away from righteousness, you may need to break up with those friends. Prayerfully evaluate your friendships and learn to say no when you need to.
I hope these tips encourage you in your battle over temptation & the devil. In Jesus you have victory. ❤
I’m so blessed to be on the book launch team for Taylor Bennett’s upcoming book, Sand Castle dreams! Look how gorgeous the cover is!
The book releases on April 1st, and I’m so excited! I read the first book in the series, Porch Swing Girl (read my review here) and I know this book will be amazing as well. Go check it out! I recommend this series to all teen girls & young women out there; it is all pure and Bible based (there is some romance and a couple kisses on the cheek, but that’s the only thing I found that some people might be concerned by), and the story is so fun and inspiring. The characters are so sweet and relatable! 🙂