Temptation is one of Satan’s most effective tools. These powerful Bible verses will equip and empower you to overcome temptation. (Includes free downloadable Bible verse list.)
Every Christian must face the reality of temptation.
Simply put, temptation is the enticement to sin.
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary gives us a deeper meaning of the word.
The act of tempting; enticement to evil by arguments, by flattery, or by the offer of some real or apparent good.
When the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. Luke 4.
2. Solicitation of the passions; enticements to evil proceeding from the prospect of pleasure or advantage.
3. The state of being tempted or enticed to evil. When by human weakness you are led into temptation, resort to prayer for relief.
Lead us not into temptation. Lord’s Prayer.
5. That which is presented to the mind as an inducement to evil.
Dare to be great without a guilty crown,
View it, and lay the bright temptation down. Dryden.
6. In colloquial language, an allurement to any thing indifferent, or even good.
Satan is the master tempter. He is very good at it. Countless lost souls and fallen Christians are his resume’ of destruction.
Temptation is a battle that you must face, but it is a battle you can win.
If the Lord can save our souls from eternal damnation, he can save us from temptation today.
How you think about sin and sinners will protect you from temptation or open the door for seduction.
Psalm 37:1 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, Neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.”
There are two commands in this verse that will keep us from falling into foolish thinking regarding sinners.
The word “fret” literally means to grow warm from agitation. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines the word in this verse to mean, “To tease; to irritate; to vex; to make angry.”
What do you think about when you see the prosperity of the wicked? Does it (more…)
God always provides an exit from temptation for His children. You don’t have to sin.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Have you ever been driving on an interstate and missed your exit? You can lose a significant amount of time in some areas of the country because the exits are far apart.
When you are on the road of temptation heading toward sin and destruction, God always provides an exit. Praise God there is a way to escape! But it’s up to you to take it.
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Peer pressure is a powerful tool the Devil uses to influence people to sin. Learn to say NO.
Proverbs 1:10 “My son, if sinners entice thee, Consent thou not.”
A peer is someone who is of equal standing. They can be the same age or part of the same group. Classmates, co-workers, and friends are examples of peers.
Social pressure is the use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something.
Let’s put these two together to define our subject for today.
Peer pressure is when someone of equal standing attempts to persuade or coerce another into doing something they wouldn’t usually do.
There are two types of peer pressure. Direct peer pressure (more…)
Genesis chapter 3 introduces us to temptation. It reveals Satan’s most effective method of seduction. Learn these four steps and protect yourself from them.
Genesis 3:4 “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:”
Satan subtly approached Eve. He was cunning, sly, masking his true intentions. The tempter doesn’t approach you in truth saying, “I’m the devil. I’m here to destroy you.” On the contrary, he often presents himself as a peer, a guide, or a friend.
He gains your trust by convincing you he understands who you are and how you feel. It is all a charade to gain entrance into your life.
The devil uses surrogates to get close (more…)