You can resist temptation! ?
The Christian life isn’t a long, lazy river…But that’s what makes it so rich, so interesting, isn’t it? It’s made of peaks and valleys. It also has its share of temptations…
Do you sometimes want to give in to temptation? To justify yourself before God: “Lord, I’m only human. My flesh is weak, I’m sure You understand…After all, You’re the One who created me”…?
Here’s what the Bible says about temptation:
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12, NLT)
I don’t know which temptation you may be struggling with. However, I want to encourage you:
- God is loving: He endured everything on the cross to free you. (Read Isaiah 53:1-7, NLT)
- God is faithful: He walks by your side and sustains you along the way.
- God is powerful: He can keep you from giving in to temptation, whatever it may be (pornography, alcohol, adultery, lying, revenge…). (Read Jude 1:24, AMP)
- God is patient: He’s waiting for you; He walks at your pace so that you can persevere.
- God is merciful: He doesn’t condemn you and forgives you while giving you the strength to never fall back into that sin again. (Read John 8:11, NLT)
No matter what your attitude, whether you’re fatalistic, thinking that you’re made that way, or you’re someone making every effort to change, in vain…God is getting your attention today: the Lord has already given you victory over this temptation that’s holding you captive. When God commands you to turn away from evil, believe that within this commandment is the promise that you can.
Look at the reward awaiting you: blessing and deep joy in Him on Earth and in heaven, a crown of life. Thank You, Jesus!
Would you like to pray with me right now? “Lord, I feel powerless sometimes when faced with certain temptations. I need Your help and strength. I need You to help me believe that You have already delivered me. Fill me with Your life so that I can resist and stand strong, after having done all. Thank you, Lord! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Do not give in to temptation; you’re more than a conqueror through Him who loved you!
Be strengthened. You will succeed, I believe it!
Thanks for existing!