How to resist temptation
Temptation is something every Christian face. And it doesn’t matter how long you have been following Christ. But if we remain watchful and pray for ourselves and others, the Holy Spirit will enable us to resist temptation.
Here are five tried and true steps Mary Fairchild of http://www.thoughtco.com says you can take to resist temptation.
Recognize your tendency to Sin
Flee from temptation
Resist temptation with the Word of truth
Refocus your mind and heart with praise
Repent quickly when you fail
Mark 14:38 (KJV) Bible Gateway
Watch with me and pray lest the Tempter overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak.
It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that God does not need you to defend Him or even apologize for Him. All He wants you to do is represent Him. So, go out there and be that beacon on the hill. And let your light shine.
Matthew 5:16–Bible Gateway (KJV)
1Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
I am hopeful you have heard it said many times before, “…For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him, they will ask the more,” (Luke 12:48 NKJV). Those words are supposed to be gospel truth. But in today’s world, they are not.
For example, the tax laws in the USA has many loopholes that the wealthy and well-connected often use to avoid paying their fair share of taxes while the rest of us have to pay our fair share or go to jail.
But, thanks be to God, we are sojourners. So, at some point in time, these repressive systems will end. And everybody will face the righteous Judge. On that day, there will be one entrance and one gatekeeper. Then every man will get paid according to his work and not according to loopholes and bribes. In fact, Jesus will be the gatekeeper, and he has made it perfectly clear. “
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me,” (John 14:6).
Life will have difficulties, but Jesus, who loves us more than life, (“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends, John 15:13.”), is greater than any difficulty anyone might experience.
John 14:27 New International Version (NIV)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.