Every person faces temptation. Even our Lord was “tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). When we choose to follow the example set by our Lord and apply some key Biblical principals we have the ability to be successful in facing our temptations.
One of the keys that will be effective is humbleness of heart. Paul said, “let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall”
(I Corinthians 10:12). Peter and the other disciples set the stage for denial and desertion of the Lord when beforehand they boasted of undying devotion (Matthew 26:33-35). Many teams falter because they think they have arrived, and so it is with many Christians. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).
Another key to success is a prayerful life. Through this avenue we are promised mercy and grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). On bended knee a person often finds his burdens lifted and the courage to go forward in the Christian journey. When the disciples of Christ grew weak in the early morning hours of their Masters agony, Jesus said, “watch and pray, let you enter into temptation...(Matthew 26:41). With great trials and temptations before our Lord and His disciples, Jesus spoke to them of that which they most needed at that time. We often find ourselves in jeopardy because we fail to watch and pray.
Finally, let us use the key of resistance. The scriptures say concerning the devil, “resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world” (I Peter 5:9). One must actively look for the way of escape that has been provided by the Lord (I Corinthians 10:13). One has to have the desire to win in order to win.
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