By Donny Weimar
Learn Three Ways To Overcome Temptations and Stop Satan in his Tracks.
“Let us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:13)
Continuing the battle in our spiritual warfare is reliance upon the Captain of our salvation. Remember, the kingdom belongs to the King. The power is His and the glory is His. Thus, the Lord Jesus has all the power in the cosmos to rescue us from the sly Serpent who deceived the first couple in the perfect Eden’s paradise. He has the authority to save. The Modern Literal Version reads, “And do not bring us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.”
The evil one is none other than the Devil himself. No doubt, he is out to get you and me. His rebellion against God’s goodness made him the prince of darkness. Jesus is the light shining in the regions and shadows of the world’s despair.
“Be sober! Be watchful! Your* adversary, the Slanderer, like a roaring lion, is walking around seeking whom he may swallow up, 5: 9 to whom you* withstand, solid in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are accomplished in your* brotherhood which is in the world.” (1 Peter 5:8 MLV)
Three Ways How to Overpower Evil
1. Prepare Ahead with Prayer – Satan is a Constant Nag
“So-then, the one thinking of himself as to be standing, let him beware, lest he might fall! No temptation has taken you° except common human temptations, but God is faithful, who will not be permitting you° to be tempted beyond what you° are able to undergo, but together-with the temptation, he will also make* an outlet.” (1 Corinthians 10:12-13 MLV)
Know what your temptations are and what Scripture passages help you stand strong when faced with the evil. Satan will use any malevolent tool at his disposal to deceive. Extreme illnesses, financial losses, deaths in the family or any other harm that we might suffer. The Adversary will use them to twist us. When we are faced with these tests, we have the choice of moving in one of two directions. We can either push away from God and fall into worldly-sorrow or draw closer to God and find a peace that surpasses human comprehension.
2. Pray During Temptation – Satan Knows How to Lay a Snare
We have a sympathizing Savior. The way we people can be saved is if the Goodness of God be incarnated in the virgin’s womb. Live a sinless life. Die the death on behalf of us sinners. Then rise to sit on the throne of righteousness. The wonderful thing about Jesus is He is our perfect High Priest who atones continually on our behalf. This makes it possible for us to go directly to God’s throne of grace to find mercy in our moment of need.
“Therefore having a great high-priest, Jesus the Son of God, who has gone through the heavens, let us hold-fast the confession. For* we do not have a high-priest who is unable to sympathize together-with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted according-to all things according-to our likeness, yet without sin. Therefore let us come near to the throne of grace with boldness, in-order-that we may receive mercy and may find grace *for opportune help.” (Hebrews 4:14-16 MLV).
When we face the traps of the Evil One, it’s time that opportune help. Jesus Christ was tempted in every fashion as any other human. What tempts you? He’s been there. He’s come through it sin-free. And He can set you free too.
3. Praise God in Prayer After You’ve Succeeded – When Satan Fails, He Runs Away to Hunt Some Other Day
Temptations can be challenging. Challenging is an understatement when it’s rooted in a feeling. Here’s the sum. Knowledge can last. Character can last. Principles can last. But feelings do not last. So then,
“Count [it] all joy, my brothers, when you may fall into manifold temptations, knowing that the proof of your faith works endurance, and let the endurance have a perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4 LSV)
By placing God and His will ahead of our feelings, we surrender our carnal tendencies. Temptations are common to all people, but the Christian has the ability in Christ to endure. We press on as God completes His work in us. Recounting his conversion, Paul wrote Timothy about how God had counted him faithful and put Paul into the apostolic ministry. Even though Paul regarded himself the worst of sinners, God’s grace compelled him to teach the pattern of belief leading him and us to life everlasting.
God saw sincerity in the pre-converted Saul. He knew the passion of this man who when he became apostle Paul will do monumental successes for the kingdom church. The faithful saying is a humble one. To admit to God that we are sinners in need of a Savior, is the first step to being free from Satan.
Trials are the Devil’s Work. The Spirit of Christ Is the Solution.
To remove yourself from temptations while Satan puts you through trials, remember to change your thinking, so that feelings may change. When your feelings turn into godly inclinations, you are more capable of walking in faith with the Son in light. When we can see the Spirit of Jesus through the lens of faith, at work in our heart, a battle fought victory is already won. The Spirit of truth uses His special revelation in God’s Word to set us free from sin that we tangled in so. Pray for deliverance and become Satan free. As always remember that you and I “can do all things through Him who strengthens us.” (Philippians 4:13).
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