Resist Temptation

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”

James‬ ‭1:12-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Matthew‬ ‭26:41‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Mark‬ ‭7:20-23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

Ephesians‬ ‭6:10-11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

““I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.”

1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

James‬ ‭4:6-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:18-20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

If you have received the impression of any pleasure, guard yourself against being carried away by it; but let the thing wait for you, and allow yourself a certain delay on your own part. Then think of both times, of the time when you will enjoy the pleasure, and of the time after the enjoyment of the pleasure when you will repent and will reproach yourself. And set against these things how you will rejoice if you have abstained from the pleasure, and how you will commend yourself. But if it seem to you seasonable to undertake (do) the thing, take care that the charm of it, and the pleasure, and the attraction of it shall not conquer you: but set on the other side the consideration how much better it is to be conscious that you have gained this victory.


What we ought not to do, we should not even think of doing.


You are most vulnerable to temptation and sin when you’re…. H – A – L – T





Tips on Temptation

  • Have rules for yourself – make a singular decision that you are no longer the person that does whatever you’re tempted by.
  • Limit exposure to temptation at all costs. It’s much easier to AVOID temptation than to resist it. When you feel tempted, run away!!!!
  • Shout something when you feel tempted — this will help to break your train of thought (example: yell “noo!!!!! Cannonball!!!”)
  • Have a “thought and action routine” prepared so you you can use it the moment you feel tempted

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