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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Fighting Temptation (1 Corinthians 10)

Have you ever noticed when we are tempted, we want to put the blame on someone or something other than ourselves? For example, "the devil made me do it." But is it the devil or demons that made us do it? Is it really some other force that we can't resist?

Could it be that we sometimes give too much credit to "the devil" or "demons?" I am not saying Satan and demons do not exist. Scripture very clearly tells us that they do it exist and that they will tempt people.

However, Satan and his demons are not omnipresent. In other words, they cannot be in all places at all times. Only God can be in all places at all times and only God can read our thoughts.

So yes, sometimes temptation and trials come because Satan and his demons are messing with us. But the majority of the time temptation comes because we each have a specific set of sins we are attracted to.

My fingerprint of sins which I struggle with might have some of the same sins you struggle with as well as other sins which you don't struggle with. We each have our own list of sins we struggle with.

But if we have given ourselves to God, He has filled us with His Holy Spirit so that we can have the power to resist sin. The Holy Spirit will both convict us of sin and give us what we need to run from it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

Really, the only question is whether we are going to heed the prompting of the Holy Spirit and flee from that temptation when He puts it on our heart to flee.

Do you want to know how to resist temptation? It's really quite simple. Draw close to Jesus with your whole mind, soul, and strength. Lean into Him every day. Make Him the most important priority in your life so that you are praying, worshiping and spending time with Him in His Word, every day. When we do that, there is really very little room for temptation. When we do that, God has given us armor to protect us from temptation, no matter what the source of it is.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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