Temptations

Do not be in despair when you fall into sin. But turn to Jesus for forgiveness, through repentance. Jesus said, “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!” Matthew 18:7

Did you see that? You will be tempted in this world, no doubt. It happens every day. But, woe to those by whom the temptation comes. You will be persecuted and reviled. But woe to those who ridicule the righteous for the sake of Jesus. It is your natural nature to desire sin, but you can overcome it in Jesus’ name.

Evil people will come and they will go. The self-righteous, self-centered, and religious will mock those who strive to do what pleases God, because of the goodness in their heart and the devotion in their soul. But the unrighteous will not get very far, building up their own condemnation, and the righteous their reward for their right behavior and endurance.

Stand strong in the Lord. These temptations will come and those who come against you, desiring that you sin, will come as well. Remember the journey of a Christian is an uphill battle. A fierce war against evil forces. You must endure to the end. Do not fear, God will uphold you. Continual repentance and resistance to evil are the keys to success through the power given by the Spirit of the Lord.

Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13

Resist the entrapments of the Devil. Study the Word of God that when a deceitful wind or word comes, it will not catch you off guard. But you will clearly see it from far away. But when you do fall to sin, do not be in despair, God listens and forgives all those who humble themselves through repentance and turn from sin.

Stand firm in your faith against temptations. Stand firm in the Lord Jesus Christ and in the power of His Spirit. You will make it, God has promised great things to those who are faithful to Him. Those who endure many trials, temptations, and falls, yet rise again to walk in the Lord’s righteousness will receive a great reward.  

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you. James 4:7-10

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