"Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes" Ephesians 6:11 (see also 2 Corinthians 2:11).Satan attacks the Christian in order to distract him away from his focus on Jesus (2 Cor.11:2-3; Heb.12:2). Although he can attack through persecution, discouragement and other ways, one of his most powerful weapons is temptation. Satan uses two ways to bring temptation to a believer:
"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" 1 John 2:15.
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh (craving for sensual gratification), and the lust of the eyes (greedy longings of the mind) and the pride of life (assurance in one's own resources or in the stability of earthly things)." 1 John 2:16, Amplified.
|Genesis 3:16||1 John 2:16|
|Good for food||"Lust of the flesh"|
|Pleasing to the eye||"Lust of the eyes"|
|Desirable for gaining wisdom||"Pride of life"|
|Luke 4:1-13||1 John 2:16|
|Stones to bread||"Lust of the flesh"|
|Kingdoms of the earth||"Lust of the eyes"|
|Pinnacle of the temple||"Pride of life"|
"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 10:13.In the midst of every temptation, God is right there with you. He wants you to rely on His power, not your own. We do this not by trying to resist in our own strength, but by escaping into the presence of God. The Lord Himself is our way of escape.
"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" James 4:7.This is the simple secret to resisting temptation. Firstly, we are called as Christians to live in the submission of daily fellowship with God. Then when temptation comes, we have the authority of that submission to resist. And Satan will flee!
"I will set before my eyes no vile thing." Psalm 101:3.We must never think we are invincible to Satan's temptation. He is "a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8-9). We must always be alert and responsive to the promptings of God's Spirit (1 Timothy 6:9-12).
".for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith" 1 John 5:4.
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