“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.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
No matter who we are, we all struggle with temptation. Temptation is always lurking around the corner to entrap us. You don’t have to look very hard to recognize them: material possessions, relationships, prestige, power, control, food, and pleasures that come in all forms.
Enticing us with the pleasures of this world, Satan woos us to choose them over faithfulness to God and His call on our life. We must be “on guard” always. And we must extend grace to others and ourselves when temptation wins over and we –– or they –– fall head first into sin.
As I look back over the years of my spiritual growth, I see how I have grown in my ability to resist sin. But, I have not mastered it, nor will I ever be able to. None of us will. However, we do have the responsibility to be prepared for times of temptation.
In Luke 4:1-13, Jesus demonstrates how to overcome temptation, especially when we are feeling weak and tired. Here are four practical ways we can be prepared to overcome temptation.
- Be Filled and Led by the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1-2) Jesus was filled and led by the Holy Spirit, and therefore was prepared to overcome Satan’s snares in the wilderness. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we too, are filled with the Holy Spirit who empowers us to resist temptation.
- Know God’s Word (Luke 4:3-4) When Jesus was tempted, He responded by reciting God’s Word. We too, need to know God’s Word so we can recite it in times of temptation.
- Obey God’s Word (Luke 4:5-13) Although tempted, Jesus did not give into temptation out of obedience to His Father. We too, must resist temptation by striving to be obedient to God and His Word.
- Be Aware that Satan is on the Prowl for an Opportune Time to Tempt us. (Luke 4:13) We all have areas in which we are more susceptible to temptation. Therefore, we must know our weaknesses and look for ways to safe guard those areas in our lives.
Are you prepared to say yes to God and no to temptation?