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.
The Bible can encourage your heart and empower your life. What verses inspire you to overcome challenges and triumph over the world? Every Christian should know these powerful Bible verses about victory.
Our God is victorious. He always wins. He has never lost a battle. He has no equal to challenge His sovereignty.
Although we know this truth by the fact of history and the choice of faith, our experience in this life can make it seem like we are losing at times. Our limited perspective can create doubt and discouragement.
Allow me to encourage you in the Lord. If you are born again, you are on the winning side! God has revealed the last chapter of history. There is no doubt of how the future will end. God and His people are victorious!
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.”
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Sin causes always causes sorrow eventually. Be sorry now or be sorrier later.
Psalm 38:18 “For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.”
Sin hurts. It causes death, destruction, pain, and heartache. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but it always causes something to die. How can I be so sure? God declares it.
One of the many consequences of sin is sorrow. Sorrow is distress caused by loss. It is the expression of grief, sadness, or disappointment.
Sin causes three types of sorrow.
Sin hurts those around you. It saddens and disappoints them. It always hurts them emotionally and sometimes physically. This sorrow turns into resentment.
Resentment is the feeling of displeasure or indignation. It says, “How could you do that?” or “I don’t deserve that.”
Resentment corrupts relationships and burns bridges. It is sorrow turned into bitterness.
Regret is to feel sorrow or remorse; to think with a sense of loss. This sorrow says, “Think what could have been! Look what I’ve done! I can’t believe what I’ve lost!”
Regret is the guaranteed for the sinner. The rebel cries, “No regrets!” today, but they will know the sting of it eventually; often, after they have wasted years of precious life.
Repentance is more than simple sorrow. It is an acknowledgment of sin against our Holy God. It is a sorrow derived from the realization that our sin dishonors God, violates His Word, and disregards His benevolence.
Our text verse today speaks of repentance. The psalmist declared his iniquity and confessed his sorrow.
There are two types of repentance mentioned in 2 Corinthians chapter 7. Godly sorrow leads to repentance and salvation. This change of mind leads to a change in action. Worldly sorrow leads to death. It is a regret without a change. It is the sorrow of one that keeps walking toward destruction.
Sin always causes sorrow. You can remain rebellious until sin takes everything precious from you. Then you will be sorry. Or you can repent today. Declare your sin to God. Realize the depth of your offense against a Holy God. Proclaim your sorrow and ask for forgiveness.
You will be sorry now by choice or later by experience.
Understand that sin always causes sorrow. Just say NO to temptation today.
[callout]“Lord, I declare my iniquity. I am sorry for my sin. I’m sorry that my sin offends Your holiness, betrays Your good name, and hurts those You love. Forgive me of my sin. Give me victory over the sins of my flesh. Help me to walk in Thy Spirit today. Amen.'[/callout]
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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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