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1/14/15: Battling Temptaion

Temptation, whether we realize it or not, is always around us. You and I will never go a single day without facing some sort of temptation. So naturally the question has to be, “How do you and I battle temptation?” God gives us that answer. We battle temptation with Scripture. Each of Satan’s temptations was met with the same answer: “It is written,” followed by Scripture. If the Son of God used the Word of God to battle and end the temptations—which we know works because after three failed efforts, “the Devil left him” (v. 11)—how much more do we need to use it to resist our own temptations? It does not matter how strong you think you are. If our efforts to resist temptation are rooted in our own strength and not in God, then we will be weak and ineffective against temptation. We must immerse ourselves in the Word of God. There is no other weapon against temptation except the “sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).

Psalm 119:11 says, “I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” I believe that most Christians would not openly want to jump into sin. However, we cannot resist falling into it because our flesh is not strong enough to resist. We place ourselves in situations or fill our minds with sinful passions, and that leads us into sin. We need to renew our thinking as we are told in Romans 12:1-2. We must no longer think as the world thinks, or walk as the world walks. If our minds are filled with the latest TV shows, music and all the rest this culture has to offer, we will be bombarded with messages and images that inevitably lead to sinful desires. But if our minds are filled with the holiness of God, the love and compassion of Christ on the cross, and the brilliance reflected in His perfect Word, we will find that our interest in the things of this world diminish and disappear. We battle temptation like Jesus did, with Scripture.