"Fighting Temptations"

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By: Samantha Roberts

Genesis 4:7, “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” (NIV)
Do you know what Satan is good at? Finding opportunities. God told Cain in Genesis 4 that sin is like an animal crouching at your door, just waiting for the opportunity to pounce. That’s what Satan does – he waits for the best time possible (or worst, depending on how you look at it), and then he springs at you with temptation to trip you up.

You see, he’s in a war with God over you (a war which he ultimately can’t win), and he loves nothing more than to gain little victories by tempting you to do something against God’s will. It’s just how he works. He’s an opportunist.

Satan even tried to tempt Jesus while He was walking this earth. Just after His baptism, Jesus was led into the desert by God’s Spirit. He fasted and prayed for 40 days. After that time – when He was tired, hungry and probably ready to go – was when Satan showed up to do his dirty work.

“The tempter came to Him” (Matthew 4:3, NIV). Satan saw his opportunity to try and get to Jesus and he took it, but Jesus was strong and He fought back. He never once gave in to the plot of His enemy.

Satan tries to tempt us every day. Sometimes the temptations are small, but other times they are invitations to behaviors that have big, life-altering consequences. Some temptations are easy to spot, while others are well masked as things that seem “ok.” Our job is to be on the lookout, aware that our enemy lays in wait, looking for the perfect opportunity to catch us in weakness.

Thankfully, we have a not-so-secret weapon on our side. Jesus knows exactly what it’s like to be in our position. He fights on our behalf and comforts us when we’re wounded in battle. He gives us an out to every temptation thrown our way (see 1 Corinthians 10:13), and He’ll never leave our side.

There’s a battle going on all around you, and your enemy is relentless. Be assured, however, that even if he succeeds in luring you into temptation a hundred times or more, he’ll never win the war if you have given your heart to Christ. You may be scarred and wounded from time to time by sin, but there is forgiveness and healing in Jesus.

Ask Him to protect you and to give you more opportunities for victory than the enemy has to make you fail. Satan may be good at fighting, but God is much, much better.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for fighting on my behalf against the enemy who is trying to lure me away from You. Please help me spot the temptations that are thrown my way, and give me the strength to stand against them. Open my eyes to the ways out You provide in every tempting situation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:

My Life Unscripted: Who’s Writing Your Life by Tricia Goyer

Being a Girl Who Leads: Becoming a Leader by Following Christ by Shannon Kubiak Primicerio

Think About It:

Think of a recent time when you fell into temptation, doing something you knew you shouldn’t. How did particular factors at that time in your life create the perfect opportunity for sin to pounce on you? (Hint: Were you really tired, stressed or sick?)

Can you see a way God gave you to get out of that temptation without sinning?

Live It:

Write out a list of temptations most difficult for you to resist. What circumstances in your life give these particular sins a perfect opportunity to pounce on you? Be alert during these times when you are most open to attack. Prayerfully consider sharing this list with someone you trust so they can pray for you.

Pray the armor of God found in Ephesians 6:10-18, asking God to clothe you for battle each day.

Power Verses:

1 Peter 5:8, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (NIV)

1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.” (NIV)


© 2009 by Samantha Roberts. All rights reserved.
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Tell Us About It:

Ephesians 6:14-17 lists different pieces of “armor” that help us fight against the devil, sin, and temptation:
the belt of truth,
the breastplate of righteousness,
shoes of the readiness to preach the Good News of peace with God,
the shield of faith which extinguishes the fiery arrows of the devil,
the helmet of salvation, and
the sword of the Spirit which is God’s Word.

Which piece of “armor” stands out to you and why?

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3 Comments:

Blogger Addie's Mommy said...

I am so happy that you have this blog for young girls who are are the cusp of becoming young women....they will soon be the leaders of the next generation! This is such a wonderful source of encouragement and solid teaching from the Word of God. Thank you for this....I hope that when my daughter is a teenager, this is available for her! God bless you for taking the time to develop and mantain this site!
Bekah

Anonymous Kristen said...

Hi Bekah, I'm glad you found our blog! Share it with all the teen girls you know. Blessings to you and your family!

Kristen Sigmon
Radical Revolution Coordinator
Proverbs 31 Ministries

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the belt of truth & the sword of the Spirit, the Bible, stand out the most to me. I've been very aware lately of the devil's deception, and knowing the truth is so important because it helps us realize deception. The Bible helps me know what God says is true, and when the devil starts to try to deceive me I can go back to what the Bible says to fight his lies with the truth.

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