“Tools of the Trade” – TEMPTATION [17 out of 17]

Below are five tools we’ll want to have in our “spiritual tool bag” to help us navigate over, through, around, or to avoid life’s temptations.

1) OUR THOUGHTS:  What we think about is critical!!

  • Philippians 4:8Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
  • And in Romans 12:2Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

2) PUT ON ALL OF GOD’S ARMOR:

  • Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s way of living. For shoes, put on the Gospel of Peace so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.  Accept God’s salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.Ephesian 6:10-18

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3)  BALANCE :

–  If our minds are filled to the rim with the latest TV shows, music and all the rest the culture has to offer, we will be bombarded with messages and images that may lead to sin.

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– When we balance the good from our culture with what is taught in the Bible, we’ll enjoy life to the fullest, and we will be ready for any temptations that are thrown at us.

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Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.Colossians 3:2

4)  THE WORD OF GOD:
– This is our best defense against temptations.
Remember when Jesus was tempted by Satan in the desert, His defense was to quote Scripture, Matthew 4:4-10, which caused the devil to leave Him.
God’s Word will make me wiser than my enemies, Psalm 119:97-98

5)  PRAYER:
–  Peter was told to – watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.Mark 14:38
–  In the “Lord’s Prayer” we pray, lead us not into temptationMatthew 6:13
–  If we find ourselves in a tempting situation and seek God’s guidance, He won’t allow us to be tempted more than we care bear, and He will provide us with a way out from the tempting situation. – 1 Corinthians 10:13

Equipped with God’s Word, and His Spirit within us, know that you are much more powerful than any destructive ideas Satan tries to throw at you.

KNOW AND BELIEVE Paul’s powerful words in Romans 8:31, and Romans 8:38-39

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What Gives You the Willies??  –  TEMPTATION  [1] – http://wp.me/p5nZpi-vx

Stay ALERT!!  Have a PLAN!!  –  TEMPTATION [16] – http://wp.me/p5nZpi-CC

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Stay ALERT!! Have a PLAN!! – TEMPTATION [16]

As we begin to wrap up the blog posts on temptation, we’ll address our last question —

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO RESIST THE DAILY ONSLAUGHT OF TEMPTATION?

As we begin to answer this question, keep in mind this verse from 1 Corinthians –

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.  –  1 Corinthians 10:13

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Also keep in mind that we can succeed in resisting temptation by following God’s principles and the teaching of Jesus.  Remember…

We can do all things through Him who strengthens us. – Philippines 4:13

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In answer to our question, Is it possible for me to resist the daily onslaught of temptation?  the answer is YES! but it will require us to be ALERT!  Honing in on the warning signs alerting us to a tempting situation and God’s “escape plan” for us.

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OUR ABILITY TO SUCCESSFULLY RESIST TEMPTATION WILL REQUIRE:

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Think of spiritual maintenance like housework.  Vacuuming, dusting, laundry, putting the laundry away, making beds, washing and putting the dishes away, etc. These are all necessary tasks if you want your house to be clean and orderly.  It’s not necessary, however, to do everything on your maintenance list everyday, like vacuuming, for example.  But washing the dishes, making your bed, are daily maintenance activities that ensure a neat, organized house.

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The same is true with our spiritual maintenance.  Some activities we do once a week, like go to church. But others are necessary to do on a daily basis, like prayer and reading or listening to God’s Word.

These “maintenance” tasks ensure spiritual strength and cleansing necessary to see the light through the fog of our cultural and personal influences and temptations.

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Although we want to do what God teaches us, daily obstacles seem to pop up and get in our way.

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Below are two essential steps, that if implemented, will assist us in navigating the pitfalls of temptation.

 

STEP 1:

RECOGNITION – the realization that we’re heading towards succumbing to the sin of temptation.

STEP 2:

“TOOLS” – having the knowledge and ability to use the “tools” in our “spiritual tool bag” in order to navigate safely around or through potentially tempting situations.

NEXT POST:   FIVE “TOOLS” YOU’LL  WANT TO HAVE IN YOUR “SPIRITUAL TOOL BAG”

 

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Tending the “Crops”  –  TEMPTATION [15] – http://wp.me/p5nZpi-Cu

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