My friends, one of the tools that satan uses to stop our spiritual growth as Christ followers is Temptation.
Temptation in itself is not a sin but what we do with the actions resulting from temptation is what becomes sin in our lives. Our best recourse through the power of the Holy Spirit, is to flee from temptation before it drags us into actions that will lead us to sin.
A Bible character who set a godly example for us when he was tempted was Joseph. The Bible tells us that Joseph after being tempted by his master’s wife left his cloak and ran out of the house. I encourage you to read the full account of the story in (Genesis 39:1-19).
Paul provided us with a frame work for overcoming temptation in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 as follows:
- We must fight the good fight – We do this by spending time in the word of God so we can identify what is good and evil.
- We must keep the faith – Our faith is worth fighting for and we must intentionally stay away from anything that will rubbish it.
- We must long for the appearing of Christ – The essence of our faith is that Christ is coming back to take us home with Him – and what a glorious day that will be. Longing for his return is a strong motivator to defeat temptation.
- We must finish the race – When we transition to eternity is when the race ends. We must keep the rewards of finishing well at the forefront as a motivator to keep going even in the face of discouragement and temptation.
Christ follower, God will empower us as we flee from any form of temptation In Jesus Name. Amen. If you are currently not a Christ follower, the only one that can deliver you from the hands of the tempter is Jesus – come.
All glory to God!
About The Author:
Agnes is a leader with proven business acumen in a variety of industries. She holds an executive MBA from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and is also a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP). She is the author of Transforming Business with Godly Governance: Nine Characteristics for Workplace Success; God Cares for Me in Every Season: Godly Insights for Singleness, Marriage and Divorce; The Provisions of God: Insights from a Cat Named Mascot, and Weekly Insights for the Workplace: A Devotional for Christian Professionals
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