How To Defeat The Two Forms Of Temptation

I pray for you precious sisters every day. I love you all and it is my great desire to see you walk in power, faithfulness, and the blessedness of the Lord by your obedience to Him. I want to talk to you ladies about the practical instructions given to us in several places in the bible: flee youthful lusts. Run from temptation.

I believe as Christians, our flesh has been crucified because the bible tells us it has, but if you feed the flesh long enough, you can fall into sin. There are two forms of temptation. The first is what I’ll call Satanic Set-ups. Sometimes, the devil sets us up. In Job chapter one, satan goes to God and asks if he can tempt Job to blaspheme by taking away his belongings. In Luke chapter four, Jesus is just following the Spirit as always, and satan shows up to try and tempt him.

Then there’s Self-inflicted Temptation. This is what the bible describes as our own desires drawing us away and enticing us. When there are worldly desires in our heart that we have not crucified, that we have not put to death, these are the desires that can eventually lead us away from Christ and into sin.

In order to resist satan and stand strong, we must first do this:

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭5-14‬ ESV)

How do you practically put to death what is earthly or worldly in you? Jesus gives one answer:

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (‭Luke‬ ‭9‬:‭23)

First, simply deny yourself. If you desire to read an erotic novel, you refrain from doing so. If you desire to watch a worldly tv show, you do something else instead (preferably meditating on something excellent, pure, perfect, holy, while cleaning or serving someone for example).

Then there are other things we can do like not hanging out with immoral friends because bad company corrupts good character (Romans) or cutting an ungodly relationship. Accountability, which simply means you are open and honest with another Christian, helps as well. You typically know what causes you to trip up and it ultimately comes down to who you will choose to serve: self or God.

I pray you choose Jesus, because He alone promises to have a good, acceptable, perfect, and pleasing will for your life that will only be discovered and experienced if you offer yourself as a living sacrifice to God and renew your mind through His Word (Romans 12:1-2).

2 thoughts on “How To Defeat The Two Forms Of Temptation

  1. Alexandria Bella says:

    I really needed this, Natasha. I had told my friend(just an hour ago) I wasn’t gonna watch “Addicted” with her and she told me I was taking this Christianity “thing” too far. It got to the point where old desires came back and I agreed to go, cause she wouldn’t let it go(saying no parts will show on the screen and am ridiculous). Now reading this, I don’t care about what she thinks anymore. I had a major problem with erotic books and movies, still struggling at times. I don’t wanna go back to that anymore, lustful desires and honestly it leads to low self esteem cause it gives me a false reality of the way I should be treated by men. My favorite book NOW is Esther, yeah I’m a romance freak, but I understand now how God wants me to be treated and how a godly man will treat me.

    This may seem off topic but I said all of that to say that bad company really can lead people to do what God does not want us to do. Temptation is so really and it can/will lead to heartache, especially if you had already accepted God in your life and you backslide. I had recently slipped up, ironically from watching a movie with a sex scene in it, no naked parts was shown(so I thought it wasn’t a big deal), I thought I was strong enough but I wasn’t. I’m new in my faith and my life was getting hectic so I wasn’t reading as much as usual. Which is probably why I even watch the movie, smh. I hope this post speak to someone before they put themselves in a situation like I had because afterwards you will feel so emotionally painful, just because you disappoint God.

    Be Blessed. ❤

    • betterthanedward says:

      Oh precious, Alexandria. This was a great post. Thank you so much for your honesty. When you are sincere, you are obeying God’s Word when it says to confess your sins to one another. Guilt is real, and we don’t want to hurt God and our witness of Him by messing up. I am glad you learned and are continuing to learn sister. Stand firm, I’m proud of you for resolving not to go with your friend to that movie. Keep renewing your mind through the Word. Praise God He is watching out for His daughter and teaching you like a loving Father teaches his child right from wrong. Keep it up! You may want to share this in our private Facebook group to encourage the sisters there. Love you!

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