Winning over temptation

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Zachary Elliott

Special to Valley News

Do you know what the problem is with temptation? It’s really tempting. Go figure.

The good news is that there’s a way out of every temptation you face. Yes, I said “every.”

I Corinthians 10:13 said, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

That means that you don’t have to give in to one single lying temptation the devil throws at you. You have a way out.

Here are three things you can do right now that will help you win over temptation:

Talk to God. Always remember that it’s God who provides the way out not you. So ask him. Tell him about your temptation and ask him for his strength. Temptation is really a spiritual battle. So, use the ultimate spiritual weapon: God.

Talk to a godly friend. You’re not the only one who faces temptation. Having a godly friend to share your weakness with is a key to winning. Find one.

Let God’s word talk to you. This step is the secret sauce.

Psalm 119:11 said, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

That means that God has given us his word as a weapon against temptation.

Look, God promises that when we are tempted he always provides a way out. The devil never has to win. That’s why it said in James 4:7: “Humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Get that? He will flee. Now start living in victory.

Talk it over.

What are the major temptations you’re facing right now? Have you talked to God about them?

How much time do you spend reading your Bible? What steps can you take to make more time for that?

Zachary Elliott is the lead pastor of Fusion Christian Church. For more information, visit www.fusionchristianchurch.com or find them on Instagram.