Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #120 --- Temptation

Quotations on Temptation

The best way to overcome temptation is to keep busy for God. Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do, and an idle man tempts the devil.

—Billy Sunday, Jackson Daily News, Jackson, Miss., Jan. 8, 1925.


While praying to be delivered from temptation, do not keep peeping at it through your fingers.

—Paul Petty, Spartanburg Herald, Spartanburg, S.C., Sept. 25, 1974.


Temptation is an opportunity to refuse to do wrong.

—James DeForest Murch, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 30, 1939.


You need not hope to be able to resist a temptation after you have held the door open. To leave the door open is to yield to the temptation before it comes.

—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Waco, Texas, Jan. 4, 1894.


There is only one way of meeting sin. We cannot turn away from it for when you turn about it will still face you. The only way is to face it and conquer it. Temptation seldom comes unless you have gone where it can be found. The Lord will help you to avoid temptation if in all sincerity you go about to fulfill your own prayer by staying away from places where temptations and sin are found. Don’t go into temptation. Keep away from it, then your task will be comparatively easy.

—J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 15, 1946.


The greatest danger lurks in the path of the man who thinks himself so religious that he is above sin. Strange but true, these perfectly holy specimens crash through the thin ice of temptation because in their self assurance they venture themselves too far.

—A.J. Gearheard, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., April 5, 1925.


Some church people take more satisfaction in their temptations than they do in their victories.

—Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 6, 1941.


The only way to meet temptation is to meet it with unshaken devotion to the right.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 18, 1935.


There is in life no danger so constant as the danger of underestimating temptation.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 25, 1935.


It is a good thing not to go too close to temptation. Keep as far as you can from temptation and your lives will be safer and brighter. Resistance, not indulgence, is the virility of manhood and the crown of womanhood.

—David O. McKay, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Nov. 16, 1942.


When a man resists a temptation–if he will, he can place it under his feet as a stepping stone for heaven.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 13, 1922.


Don't tempt an earthquake by crawling into a stormpit to avoid a cyclone.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., June 17, 1912.


To be tempted toward sin is not the same as sinning. What is the difference between temptation and sin? Temptation is experienced like the long, soft notes of the woodwinds rather than the blaring blasts of brass. Few individuals are tempted to throw a defiant fist in God's face.

Temptation is the suggestion that another way is preferable to the strenuous path of obedience. ...

Temptation offers an apparently easy alternative to known good. ... Temptation becomes sin when the idea of disobedience is married to choice. No person passes from innocence to guilt except through an act of self determination. The anticipated freedom of disobedience is a mirage. If sin is a matter of choice, forgiveness is also man's choice. God will not clean a locked life.

—Browning Ware, Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont, Texas, July 12, 1968.


Temptation usually dresses well.

—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., April 15, 1936.


“Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against Thee.” (Psalms 119:11.)

You and I are going on through life but once. No one knows what tomorrow may bring. As wise travelers on life’s highway, we should make sure we are on the right road. “ The psalmist says: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart.” There’s the place to hide and keep it, and he who does will be equipped to meet hardships and temptations. No one, following the precepts of the Holy Scriptures, need have any fear. The Word, God’s Word, holds the solution to any and all perplexing problems we may have to face in life.

The world today is in a mess and muddle because God has been left out, and man without God will never give birth to a world condition fit to live in. The world seems to be buy making a living and forgetting to provide for LIFE.

If God’s Word is hid in our hearts we have, through Christ, the power to resist the devil; to turn away from the many things in life harmful to the soul and to create within us a greater love and devotion to our Lord who is the Savior, Redeemer and Friend.

—Carl V. Anderson, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., July 9, 1952.


Man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. All temptation has within it the elements of desire. These desires do not necessarily have to be wrong, but the sin enters in when laws are transgressed to satisfy these desires. Of course, there is such a thing as abnormal desires they form a starting point for the devil to tempt us. When the will unites with the desire and consents to satisfy that desire, by unlawful means, then desire has conceived and it brings forth sin. There is no virtue in an act unless the will has taken a hand in it. We often hear people speak of conflicting motives but there are no such things. There might be conflicting desires but when the will takes a hand in it the will unites with the desire and makes a motive. Then, when that takes place, whether we do the thing or not, we are responsible. When desire has conceived, it brings forth sin whether the act is ever promulgated or not.

—Millard L. Baggett, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., Oct. 5, 1925.


Attention is the first step of temptation. ... The attractiveness of a thing to our different senses of hearing, sight, taste, smell, touch, gets hold of our attention and gets us to focus our attention upon that thing. There are many things in the world today to attract the attention of people, and draw them away into temptation the glamour and attractiveness of things appeal to us and this forms the first stage in the process of temptation. Then, through the focusing of our attention upon a thing or a being, Satan will try to formulate a desire in us for that thing or being. Then if he can get the consent of our will to satisfy that desire by going beyond lawful bounds, within or without, then we have yielded to that desire and we are downed and nearly always discouraged.

Whenever our attention is attracted to something that causes a desire that we have to go beyond lawful means to satisfy, then we should try to detract our attention from that thing, for when we got our will to cooperate and unite with the desire, then desire has conceived and brought forth sin. This will weaken us and we won't be strong enough to say "no," but right at the start we could have blocked the way of the tempter and ousted those thoughts that led to temptation. Let us get on to the ways of the devil and thwart his purposes right in the beginning and not go down under defeat and humiliation.

—Millard L. Baggett, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., Oct. 19, 1925.


Jesus said, "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation." The main entrance of temptation into our lives is through the door of attention, so then in order to resist, let us watch the attention. Let us not concentrate our consciousness upon any object, upon any person, upon any mental picture, which would arouse in us a desire, which, if satisfied, would lead us astray. Someone has things we should never worry about: things we can help and things we can't help. That will apply to the misconduct of our friends and acquaintances. If we can help them, let us set ourselves to doing so, but if we can't help them, let us not feed upon that thing mentally and brood over it and conjure up thoughts that would be a good abiding place for the tempter to sit and make suggestions.

The great trouble with so many of us is we go too far in a thing. The time to conquer temptation is in its first stages. Through our attitudes also we can resist temptation. Let us be armed with the determination to resist temptation, with the consciousness that we are going to be victorious, and that no temptation is going to be too strong for us with God's help. Let us watch the desires that arise in us and if there comes to us a desire that we cannot satisfy without going beyond lawful means, within or without, then we should stifle that desire don't let the desire continue until it gets the best of you prove yourself conqueror.

We cannot overcome temptation, we cannot be victorious in this life without being reinforced with the power that is greater than human strength. We need a power that is greater than that we have in ourselves we need faith in God. Faith in God's goodness, realizing that He is too good to suffer anything to come into our lives that would wreck and ruin them faith in His wisdom, that He is wise enough to know just what temptation we need to overcome in order to build up characters that will prepare us to appreciate and enjoy the things out beyond. We also need that inexplicable but very real baptism of the Holy Spirit that will give us power within as well as without to resist the tempter. Having crucified self and our carnal desires we can then bring all our forces to bear upon the enemy without.

—Millard L. Baggett, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., Oct. 26, 1925.


Many who fly from temptation leave a forwarding address.

Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., July 5, 1957.


Some people fight temptation; others get along with it famously.

Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 4, 1968.


The reason temptations overcome a man easily is because he wears himself down running after them.

Orange Daily Leader, Orange, Texas, Feb. 28, 1923.


Don't stop to count the lion's-teeth of temptation.

Zion's Herald, Boston, Mass., Feb. 12, 1902.


It's no use praying to be delivered from temptation unless you want to be divorced from sin.

Amboy News, Amboy, Ill., Dec. 9, 1910.


The devil never labels his bait.

Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 7, 1904.


Some men like to wrestle with temptation and let it throw them.

Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, April 16, 1895.

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