Facing Temptation?

Be the one that gets away.

Ever since the Garden of Eden, mankind has struggled with temptation. Whether it be the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, or the pride of life (1 John 2:16), no one is immune to temptation’s lures.

If you find yourself facing temptation, here are seven verses to help you:

• When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. James 1:13-14

This verses remind us that God doesn’t tempt us to do evil. We are tempted because of our own sinful nature.

• When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Luke 4:13

This verse reminds us that our spiritual enemy is relentless. He will seek to tempt us and make us stumble throughout our lives.

• For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Hebrews 4:15

The good news is that Jesus never gave in to temptation!

• And lead us not into temptation,  but deliver us from the evil oneMatthew 6:13

Jesus teaches us to pray regularly for the Lord to deliver us from evil by avoiding temptation.

• “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41

We must be on our guard against temptation, realizing that sometimes we will be able to see it coming, but other times it may surprise us. That’s why we must always be watchful.

• 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. 1 Corinthians 10:13

You may feel at times that you have no choice but to give in to temptation. But Paul declares in this verse that’s not the case. God is faithful, and He will always provide a way of escape during temptation. 

• My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.  1 John 2:1-2

Whenever we give in to temptation, Jesus is still our perfect advocate with the Father. Whenever we sin, we remember that we have a Savior who became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).