As Christians, we have the power, not only to overcome temptations but also to use them as a means to grow in our faith. 1 Corinthians 10 shows us how to turn temptations into triumphs.
Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (v. 12-13)
Being saved does not make us immune to temptation; everyone is subject to temptation.
There are three common sources of temptation.
The World: In this context, “world” means a system or order. This fallen world is entrenched in evil and we are not to fall for its schemes. The world wars against the soul: our minds, emotions, and will, our ego, our psyche. We can’t let the world mold, guide, or control us.
The Flesh: The flesh is the “old nature,” the person the Christian used to be; it is the inclination to do evil.
Adrian Rogers says, “Sin is an inside job that comes from your flesh.” The flesh wars against the body, tempting us in the areas of appetite, lust, laziness, and violence.
The Devil: The devil wars against the spirit: we know God through our spirit. Our spirits are our vehicles of communication, worship, and spiritual knowledge. The devil wants to cut off that life source.
There are three key ways to subdue temptation.
Faith Fights Against the World
Through faith, God is a bright living reality, which eclipses the temptation to squeeze into the world’s mold.
Flight Subdues the Flesh
We must avoid situations that will tempt us to sin in the flesh.
We Must Fight the Devil
The devil won’t leave us alone until we resist him. We fight by bringing the word of God against him. Satan does not want us to understand the power we have to overcome temptation. We must be strong in the Lord; resist the devil, and he will flee from us.
Apply it to your life
When temptation comes, remember: you are not on defense; you can be on offense. Flee from fornication, feed on Jesus to avoid worldliness, and resist the devil.
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