How, Lord … can I defeat temptation?
In the Word
Because he [Jesus] himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:18
Of the Word
Temptations come in so many ways that it would take a long, long time to list them all, and even then some would be missed. Whether we consider the temptations small or large, they all lead us away from what God desires for us.
Satan knows our weakest point so he aims directly for it. If he can’t disable us by one method, he’ll try for another. Satan is sly as well as subtle, but in no way can he be stronger than our all-powerful God. 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 (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Breaking away from temptation can be achieved when we fill our minds with God’s promise to strengthen us and by remembering the Holy Spirit is great enough to overpower any threat to us.
Walking with my Lord
Jesus my Savior, open my eyes so I will not be blinded by deception for I know only You can lead me out of temptation. Help me change the focus of my thoughts so that I will rely on Your strength instead of my weakness. In Your forgiving name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: How, Lord? Marcia Gomulka and Myrna Lou Meyer, authors. 8/32 ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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