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
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.
1Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Heavenly Father, faith in your holy Word is not only the way to wisdom but also the way to salvation. Help me to comprehend your divine plan for me so that I will seek to grow in your ways.
Let me not be vain or self-righteous. Remove the darkness from my path and the scales from my eyes that I may see your deeds clearly and strive to replicate them. Help me to train my ears to the sound of your Clarion; so that my every action will be according to your direction.
Let there be a yearning in me to live an exemplary life; so that the world will see and recognize the love of your Son Jesus, as it shines through me. Amen.
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were much afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a [d]manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill[e] toward men!”
The Birth of Jesus Foretold 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings! You who are favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Son of God. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Holy Spirit will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth is expecting a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Luke 1:26-38. New International Version (NIV) Bible Gateway