Thought- Because there is a battle that is raging all around us, we must always realize how vulnerable we are to the temptations of sin.
Scripture- “”So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you do not fall! 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.” 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
Insight: In day 30 of learning to apply biblical principles to our daily life, what we are referring to as Practical Christianity, let’s consider what it means to be able to gain victory over the temptations in our life. This is one area that is common to mankind- we all face temptations. Many face similar temptations be it drugs, alcohol, lust, greed, gambling or a myriad of other things that can destroy us. There is no sugar coating this subject, it is hard to not give in to our temptations. On our own, we are weak and if we are not closely yoked to Jesus’s strength to help us overcome our temptations and weakness, we will fall victim to them. 1 Peter 5:8 warns us to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” We must be aware of this and be alert to the traps he sets, or we can fall hard. The enemy doesn’t give up if he fails to trick us, he keeps coming back with relentless and multiple attacks. We must understand where we are vulnerable and ask Christ to help protect us or we are no match for the enemy’s craftiness and cunning. This requires truthful self-examination and the protection of speaking and praying scriptures into our life that protect us.
First off, Jesus promises He is with us and offers his protection and His understanding in helping us deal with our temptations. There are two “go to” verses that I use to ask for His help in victory over my temptations. The first one shows his humanity and that he understands and can relate to what we are going through because He also went through similar temptations in Hebrews 2:18 “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” It is so reassuring to know that Jesus understands how weak we can be and how much we need His compassion during our temptations because He experienced this also in his flesh. Next, He promises to deliver us from them if we seek His help and His strength. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says “ No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it.” We need to lean into this verse when the temptations in our life seem to be on the verge of winning and we are just about to give into them. We must admit what we are weak in and ask for Jesus’s help and hopefully a fellow believer’s help in praying for us. I am vulnerable to lust. I come from a family of generational sin in this area. The enemy knows this as well, so this is where he tempts me the most. The attacks seldom stop. Only by God’s grace and Christ’s strength and protection do I have a chance in this area not to fall victim. The first thing I have done to counter these attacks is admit this to those closest to me that I am vulnerable in this area. The second thing I have done is to honestly realize this is an area of struggle for me. The third thing I have done is to pray a lot around this area for protection. Temptation is not a sin, but acting on it could be a devastating sin event in your life with many unforeseen consequences- all bad. This is one area we can;t be prideful in or we will get taken out and destroyed. Ask Jesus for help, He promises to deliver.
Prayer: Father God, we admit how weak we are to our temptations and without you and your Son Jesus’s help we have no chance. Please continue to protect us and help us in the areas where we are most vulnerable, for we desperately need your help. Amen!