The Bible gives us many valuable examples on dealing with temptation. Lessons that apply to our practical life and very relevant for our day-to-day lives
One of my favourite scriptures that I stand upon, when I am battling negative thoughts and doubts that play up with my mind is James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you- James 4:7
What we need to note here is that some of these negative thoughts and doubts don’t even exist in our real minds. They just pop up out of nowhere and start taking away your peace for no apparent reason. Such thoughts from the devil captivate us and bind us so if trapped we don’t think of a way out but rather we sit there meditating on that destructive thinking and feel helpless / hopeless for ourselves, drowning in a pool of self pity and despair
When was Jesus led by the spirit in the wilderness to be tempted and tested by the devil. When Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights and while he was still hungry, the devil tried to tempt Him to use His power to turn the stones into bread
If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread – Matt 4:3
Jesus resisted the Devil with the Word of God. He replied
“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God – Matt 4:4
The devil did not want to give up. The devil took Him to the highest point of the temple in the Holy city and tempted Jesus to test the promises of God, by saying
Jesus confronted the devil again with the Word of God. He replied
It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test’ Matt 4:7
The devil wanted to give one final try this time before accepting defeat
This time again, Jesus stood strong with the Word of God against the devil. He replied
This time around, the devil left Jesus alone , and the angels came and attended Him
When trapped in a net of temptation, the first armour to our rescue is the Word of God. The devil is a liar and he needs to confronted with the TRUTH that is the WORD OF GOD.
Anyone can know the Word of God, even the devil knows Jesus and knows the Word of God enough to tempt Him, even Him who created the Word. What is really important here is the right interpretation of the Word of God and the proper application of it in our day-to-day lives. The Word of God cannot be twisted and re-told for want of attraction of a bunch of audience or just to make it sound more interesting. Word of God is true and interesting in itself. There is no editing required.
When temptation sends you an invitation at your door step, RESIST him and FLEE to GOD.
My prayer for you today is for you is from Ephesians 6:10-18, for you to realise that there is evil out in the word and that evil can be defeated if we stand against it with the Word of God and all that He has empowered us with to combat the devil.
Stay Blessed in Him