Lately, I’ve written several articles about temptation. Because, learning to recognize and defeat it is extremely important.
I’ll be the first to admit that I still have a lot of work to do in this area. However, I feel it is time to move on to other subjects. So, today I want to share a few last thoughts on temptation.
Temptation Is Not Sin
First, I want you to know that temptation is NOT sin.
Often, I think, when we feel tempted, the enemy whispers condemnation in our ear.
Even if we’ve done nothing wrong, condemnation can be debilitating if we listen to it. As Christ Followers, we have to remember this:
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1 NIV
Condemnation is from Satan. The Holy Spirit may convict you to bring you closer to God, but He will never condemn you. (See Condemnation versus Conviction for more on this.)
If the devil can’t get you to fall to his temptations, he will likely attempt to crush you with condemnation. Don’t let it happen!
Temptation is not sin.
Your Greatest Weapon Against Temptation
I think Joyce Meyer has it right on this:
“Your mouth, speaking the Word of God, is the greatest weapon that you have against the devil. Don’t let the devil use your mouth, you use your mouth against the devil. The Bible says that angels hearken to the Word of God (Ps 103:20). They don’t listen to our complaining. They don’t listen to our murmuring and our grumbling. They don’t listen to all our talk about how we can’t hold on one more week if God doesn’t come through.”
The words you speak can be your greatest weapon against temptation assuming you use your words against the devil and not for him. If you don’t believe me, then look again at how Jesus responded to Satan when he was tempted (See Matt 4:1-11). In all three instances, He countered by quoting scripture.
The Bible has a lot to say about the power of words and it would benefit us greatly if we understood this more clearly.
The next time you are tempted, be prepared to defend yourself with the Word of God. Speak it aloud over and over again. The devil won’t be able to stand it and he’ll flee.
My Prayer for You Regarding Temptation
The Apostle Paul prayed the following for the Colossians. I pray it for you and I urge you to pray it for yourself and your family.
For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things–
That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition].
Colossians 1:9-10 AMP
AMEN! Don’t we all need this? I know that I do. I believe that with a full, deep and clear knowledge of His will that you and I can stand strong against temptations of all kinds.
Never stop praying this sort of prayer and you’ll be amazed at the difference it will make.
I hope this series of articles on temptation has been useful to you in your quest to copy Jesus!