Withstanding Temptation Like Christ

When you find yourself being tempted, practice quoting Scripture aloud. Do what Jesus did. By faith, trust God and take steps of obedience. You shouldn’t just think these Scriptures quietly in your mind. Speak the Word of God boldly and directly to awaken your heart. For instance, if you find yourself being tempted in any of the following areas, be ready to speak the very words of Christ aloud to resist Satan. These are just a few examples. 

When you find yourself tempted to remain indifferent toward those who are less fortunate than you:

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Matthew 25:40

When you’re tempted to harbor hate and bitterness toward those who are against you:

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”

Matthew 5:44

When you’re tempted to stand in judgement of others of whom you don’t approve:

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged:condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned:forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:”

Luke 6:37

When you’re tempted to refuse forgiveness to someone in your life:

“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Matthew 6:15

When you’re tempted to pursue your own selfish dreams and desires:

“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”

Matthew 16:25

When you’re tempted to think that you’re better than everyone else:

“So the last shall be first, and the first last:for many be called, but few chosen.”

Matthew 20:16

Write down what you are tempted by. What do you struggle with? Once you write down your temptations search the Scriptures and find verses that can help you deal with it.

When God’s Silence is Confusing – A Follow p Devotion from The Journey Class

When you face confusing circumstances, don’t blame God. Don’t give up following Him. Go to God. Ask Him to show you His perspective. Then wait on the Lord. You cannot know the truth of your circumstance until you have heard from God.

Even as you wait for God to speak or act, you can focus your heart and mind in these ways to hear from Him.

  1. Settle in your mind that God has forever demonstrated His unfailing love for you on the cross. That love will never change.
  2. Do not try to understand what God is like from the middle of your circumstances.
  3. Go to God and ask Him to help you see His perspective on your situation.
  4. Wait on the Holy Spirit. He may take God’s Word and help you understand your circumstances.
  5. Adjust your life to God and to what you see Him doing in your circumstances.
  6. Do all He tells your to do.
  7. Experience God working in and through you to accomplish His purpose.