Matthew 26:41 How To Avoid Temptation

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41

Everyday millions of people are striving to lose weight. They put themselves on a strict diet to accomplish their goals. While they manage to follow the diet for a week or two, most often people give into temptation to eat things that they should not eat.

They are frustrated with themselves and feel as if they are a failure. Their mind was desiring to lose the weight, but their body was weak and gave in.

As Jesus was getting ready to go to the cross, He had the disciples pray with Him. He told them to keep watching and praying so that they will not fall into temptation, because the flesh is weak.

In the same way people are striving to lose weight, there are believers who are striving to stop sinning. Yet, everyday they fall to temptation to sin in some way or another.

Temptation is something that no one can completely avoid. It is always there working to trip up a believer and cause him to sin against God. Even though it is always there, one does not have to give in to the temptation.

The first thing a believer must do is be watching. He must keep his eyes open to things that will tempt him to sin. If he is not watching, he will not see it coming as temptation and will fall for it.

The other thing a believer must do is pray. This is talking and listening to God. Every believer must be in constant communication with God. Paul said to pray without ceasing. When a believer is talking and listening to God, he will not give in to temptations that come his way.

As with every believer, there are some temptations that you have to deal with. Satan is going to try and cause you to fall into sin against God. Refocus your attention upon God with being in constant prayer. Then allow the Holy Spirit to open your eyes so that you may watch and see when temptations come your way.

Every time that a temptation comes your way, God will make a way for you to escape it. You then have to make the choice as to whether to sin or not sin. The closer you are to God, the easier it will be to not fall into temptation.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be in constant communication with God; that the Holy Spirit will open your eyes to the attacks of the enemy; and that God will strengthen you to turn away from sin.

Proverbs 1:10 Don’t Fall For Sinful Fun

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My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. Proverbs 1:10 

Getting someone to do something is seen everywhere. The largest area it can be seen in is with advertisements. There is a not a spot that a person cannot go that he will not see or hear some type of advertisement for something.

Businesses strive very hard to get people to purchase something, often things that they really don’t need or cannot afford. They make the item or service enticing to make a person feel that they have to have it at all costs.

On a lower scale, people will often ‘advertise’ things or actions to get someone else to follow along. They are also trying to sell something as being good and fun, worth it.

Solomon warns his son that if an evil person tries to entice him into something, that he should not give in to them.

Very often, the things that are being advertised or pushed by a person are not always the best. They usually are things that pull a person away from God or take his focus off of God. It is very common for the actions to step into sinful ways of thinking or acting.

Sinful men will say that pornography, drugs, alternate lifestyles, violence, hate, sex out of marriage and many other things are acceptable and should be done. They push that these things are fun and worth it. Freedom is pushed, making the things look and sound good.

However, they are sinful and deadly. The believer must not in any way give in to the pressure to follow and walk into sin. Enticements like these are temptations to sin against God. Believers are to turn away from sin and flee it, rather than embrace it.

No matter where you go, there will be people who will try to get you to walk in sin. This can happen even inside the church. Some in the church, who are not true believers, will try to get you to accept gossip and lies, backbiting, hatred, and other sins. Flee it.

Wherever you go, there will be temptations to step into sin and accept it. Turn away from it. Do not fall for their words that sin is good and you are free to do what you want.

Instead of falling for the sin, turn to God and worship Him. Seek His strength and help to overcome all temptation. Walk with God, not sinful man.

I pray today that you God will reveal to you those pushing for sinful ways; that you will seek God’s direction to live your life; that God will guide you to turn from all sin; that you will hear God’s Holy Spirit’s guiding your life; and that you will live for God. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 A Way Out

 

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No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Just prior to making this statement, Paul points out the blessings the Israelites were given, yet the fell into temptation and sinned against God. Because of those sins, they were punished multiple times.

Every person is tempted to do something that they should not do. It is a common thing to happen for every person regardless of age, nationality, sex, or any other factor determining who the person is.

The world sees the temptation as being tempted to break their own laws. Those laws are very fluid and not always agreed upon. Many will deny that following those temptations are bad, as long as it does not appear to hurt anyone.

Believers are to follow the rules God has laid out for them. The temptation arises to break those rules. Many believers have fallen into temptation, only to say that the temptation was too great for them.

They often feel that they need to do the wrong thing, because of other factors. The reasons are many: peer pressure, fear of failure, past mistakes, not knowing another way out, fear of standing out as different, fear of persecution or ridicule, along with many other reasons.

Every temptation is really no different from one person to the next. No matter what the temptation is, someone else has gone through it at some point. The good news for believers, is that God always provides a way out from that temptation.

The way out may be as simple as walking away. Or it could be changing your thoughts by doing something else. Taking time to pray or worship God. Just saying no to the temptation. Begin doing something for God.

You will be tempted. Even Jesus was tempted. However, you do not have to give into the temptation. You do not have to sin.

When being tempted ask God for the direction out and away from that temptation. And then be willing to move in that direction.

God will always make a way out, however, you must be willing to follow God’s directions. There is no reason to sin. You are a new person in Jesus. Be the new person.

I pray today that you will see God’s way out of temptation; that you will seek God when tempted; that you will turn away from all temptation; and that you will live to please God in every area of your life.

Judges 16:17 Giving In To Pressure

So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazarite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” Judges 16:17

Samson was a child God had given his parents when they were unable to have a child. He was dedicated to God at birth to be a Nazarite. There were certain vows that were made to God that had to be kept.

As a Nazarite, God gave him supernatural power and strength. When he married Delilah, the Philistines threatened her to get her to find out the secret of his strength. After lying to her several times, Samson gives into her pressure and tells the truth. She then has his hair cut and he loses his strength and is captured by the Philistines.

Pressure is what gets something to work. The build up of pressure from the gas being on fire in an engine is what starts to move the pistons, which in turn gets the engine running and moving the car down the road.

However, pressure can also be done in a way that is not good. The world will always try to pressure a believer into doing something wrong or allowing something wrong to be done.

Delilah put a lot of pressure on Samson to tell her the truth about his strength. The world will put the pressure on you to give in to temptations or to reveal something that is to be kept secret.

There will be times God will tell you something that is not to be shared. It is only for you to know. Do not allow the world to pressure you in to revealing that information. Do not allow the world to pressure you to sin against God.

God is stronger than the one who is in this world and He is in you. He can give you the strength to withstand the pressure.

Are you relying on His strength to overcome the pressure?

Or are you relying on your own strength to overcome the pressure?

I pray today that you will know God’s plans for you; that you will recognize pressure that is against you and God; that you will not give into pressure to sin; and that God will strengthen you to stand up for Him under pressure.