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.

Hebrews 2:18 Help Is Available

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:18

Many people who are struggling with something are also often looking for help to overcome the struggle. They want to be able to get past whatever the problem is and is willing to seek help.

There are thousands of different self-help books on nearly anything and everything that a person may want help in. Yet, many will also refuse to look for the help that is available to them. They want to do it completely on their own, even though they are failing at it.

After pointing out who Jesus is, the writer points out that Jesus also suffered every time He was tempted. Since He suffered under temptation, He is able to help anyone suffering under temptation.

While the world really does not care about temptation to sin, the believer recognizes it and tries to overcome the temptations. Many believers fall to the temptation, because they are unwilling to seek help or to take the escape plan that is available to them.

Pride tells a believer that he can do it on his own, but God’s word says that everyone needs help. Jesus had undergone some of the greatest temptations that any person could possibly go through, yet, He did not fall to the temptation and sin. He had to suffer in the body and mind in the process of overcoming the temptations.

Since Jesus had overcome temptation, He is able and willing to help everyone who is also struggling with temptation. Jesus used God’s word to overcome the temptations in His life and the believer can use it also.

When the believer looks at the life of Jesus and sees that it is possible to overcome temptation, it can give him hope and strength to do it himself.

As with every person, you also have temptations that come your way trying to get you to sin against God. Turn your focus upon God and His word and seek His Holy Spirit to guide you in the path away from the temptation. Do not allow yourself to succumb to the temptation, but overcome it, just as Jesus did.

Jesus had perfect victory and is willing to show you the way to have that same victory over temptations.

Are you willing to overcome the temptations? Or you are just going to give into the temptations?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn to God’s word for guidance; that you will accept help from Jesus to overcome temptations; that you will reject all temptations to sin against God; and that you will live as Jesus lived.

Luke 22:46 Are You Sleeping?

“Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:46

Sleep is one thing that many people really like and desire more of. When a person is sleeping, he is at rest and all of the problems of the world appear to disappear. Once in a deep sleep, one will often forget about the challenges of the day.

People will even take drugs to help them fall asleep to get away from the stress they are under. Facing the problems is rejected for the peaceful sleep in a world of dreams.

As Jesus was preparing to be crucified He went into a garden to pray with some of His disciples. He asked them to pray. When they fell asleep, He told them they need to pray to keep from falling into temptation.

Just as the world desires to sleep away the problems of their day, many in the church get weary and have gone to sleep. Instead of praying for strength to overcome temptation, they turn the other way and go to sleep. In their drowsiness many turn to and accept sin as a normal part of their lives.

Whole churches have fallen asleep, rejecting God’s word and allowing sin to be actively practiced and promoted inside the church. They have fallen into the temptation presented for them.

Both individual believers and churches are living in a way that does not set them separate from the world, but a part of the world.

Every believer needs to be awake and alert in prayer, keeping watch out for the evil temptations of Satan in their lives. Their prayers need to be ones of asking God for wisdom, direction and strength to accomplish His will–to be like Jesus.

As you examine your life, does it show that you have fallen asleep and allowed sin into your life? Any sin that you have chosen to accept as normal is against God.

God is right there with you, giving you His Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you in His ways. He does not want you to fail and fall into temptation and makes a way out of it every time. However to overcome temptation, you must be willing to stay awake and pray to know how to overcome it.

Are you awake and praying? Or are you asleep?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be awake and alert to the evil ways of this world; that you will pray as Jesus prayed; that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit to flee all temptation.

Mark 9:4 Overcome The Unbelief

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:4

Belief in something is always an active, personal choice that has to be made. It is easy for people to find a reason not to believe in something.

In today’s internet world, it is common for articles to be written to cast doubt upon anything said or done. Pictures and words can be manipulated to cause questioning of the validity of what really occurred. For this reason many struggle to believe what they have not already personally experienced.

A man came with a demon possessed son to be healed by the disciples. When Jesus came, the father asked if He could heal his son. Jesus said anything is possible with belief, so the father asked for help with his unbelief.

It is common for people to go to those in the world first for help. When that fails and God shows up, they struggle with belief in God being able to do it or being willing to do what is needed. This translates into unbelief in God’s power and mercy.

Most believers believe that God can do something, but many also carry an unbelief that He won’t do anything. And often they stay there, not wanting to overcome the unbelief. They do not want to face the facts shown in scripture, but desire to hold on to their unbelief.

In order to please God, a person must have faith and believe in God. He must be willing to seek God’s help to overcome and destroy the unbelief in his heart.

This overcoming can occur when one takes note of all that God has already done in his life and in the lives of others. If God has done it before, He can do it again.

You may have a situation in your life that you need God’s supernatural intervention to resolve. You may be questioning God’s ability or mercy to do it.

Stop and take a moment to realize all that God has already done in the past. Remember all of the promises God has made. Then allow God to help you overcome your unbelief. Step out in faith knowing that God has the power and mercy to meet all of your needs according to His glorious grace and love.

God is waiting to do great things in and through you, but you must first believe for those things to occur. Overcome the unbelief.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in God and His abilities; that you will know what God can and is willing to do; and that you will see God at work in your life.