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Victory Over Temptation!

Updated on March 6, 2009

We Are All Sinners!

"If we say that we have so sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us" -- 1 John 1:8 (NASB)

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" -- Romans 3:23 (NASB)

Sin is everywhere. It's a part of us.

Ever since the fall of man, sin has reared its ugly mug and led mankind down many destructive paths. I will not focus on sin here but rather on its root, temptation.

Let me begin by saying that God does not tempt anyone. That is satan's role. God does however allow temptation to occur.

By allowing temptation to enter our lives, God tests us along our journey to sanctification. Trials and temptations are God's ways of sifting the ugly debris from our lives to reveal the underlying beauty. They are meant to strengthen, mold, and present us as pure images of His son, Jesus. This doesn't mean we always benefit spiritually from trials and temptations. More than I care to admit, I fail in my attempts to overcome temptation's lures and subsequent sin. Such cavings stunt our spiritual growth rather than edify it.

This is a constant struggle for me and others. Sin is everywhere. it's a part of us. It's a part of me.

Which brings me to the apostle Paul and his 1st letter to the church at Corinth.

"Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it" -- 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NASB)

Wow! What powerful words!

God, speaking through the apostle Paul, tells us that even though He allows temptation, He will always provide a way to defeat it! -- This is an incredible promise! -- Now if I could only discover the means of escape I'd be OK.

I read this verse over and over. I secured it to memory. But its true meaning continued to elude me.

How will God provide a way?

With temptation squaring me in the face, where was the escape hatch? I continually grasped for straws; until one night. -- God, through His spirit, provided the answer.-- Ask Him! That was it! God is our escape! Could it really be that simple?

Yes it is!

In the midst of my intellectual melee of reason and debate, all I had to do was ask. I couldn't believe the simplicity of it. Now all I needed to do was take the next step; which demanded action. And this is where the rubber meets the road. For me, taking action against the temptation often proves more difficult than the temptation itself.

You have to mentally (or verbally) ask God to deliver you from your temptation. It's a simple request yet one requiring an open admission and confession to God.

The results are cleansing and invigorating. But knowing you've secured any victory against satan and his desire to destroy is good for your spirit!

God is our escape hatch. He is our victory. It's up to us to accept Him at His word and believe it. I know skepticism abounds when applying this truth. All I can say is this. Once we decide to listen to and accept God's means of escaping temptation, we move into His will for our lives.

He will guide us and encourage us in our walk. It's not always easy. I still fail on a regular basis. But the longer this truth embeds itself in me, the easier it becomes to obey.

God wills a good life for us. He allows us to make choices, good and bad. But sincerely operating in His will is a joy unfathomable. I invite you to join me in my walk. Invite God and His son Jesus into your heart today! Victory over temptation is waiting for you!

Peace!

Temptation in Scripture

Luke 8:13

time of tempation to fall away

James 1:13

Himself does not tempt

1st Corinthians 7:5

so that satan will not tempt you

Mark 1:13

being tempted by satan

Psalm 106:14

And tempted God in the

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    • Rob Jundt profile imageAUTHOR

      Rob Jundt 

      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks you both, someonewhoknows and Jparedes, your comments are well-taken and encouraging! Temptation is, and always will be, with us. In fact, it can be a minute-to-minute struggle. For me, it has to begin with prayer and keeping HIS truth nearby and within. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. How true!

      Keep the faith! Blessings! RJ

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      jparedes 

      8 years ago from Makakilo, Hawaii

      Awesome hub! I agree when you say;

      "But the longer this truth embeds itself in me, the easier it becomes to obey." That talks straight to my heart! I know I have a long way to go in my faith-based journey and temptation still presents itself. But, it gets easier the more I trust in HIS word! Thanks so much for your insight!

      Walk in the Light of our Lord!

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      someonewhoknows 

      8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Personally I have a on going tug of war with my desire to have more money by con-vincing myself that I might win a good sum of money by buying lottery tickets,and I con-tinualy disappoint myself by doing it every once in a while,even if it's just a dollar here and there.Of,course over time it addsup to quite a sum.It,takes a lot of willpower to ultimately change your thinking for the better for the long term rather than give in to temptation.It's like an addiction to drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes without the withdrawl symtoms.An addiction just the same though.

    • Rob Jundt profile imageAUTHOR

      Rob Jundt 

      9 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks again for all who've dropped by. Temptation is a tough nut to crack for many people, myself included. Recent study has shown me that to be tempted is normal and tends to increase as we seek a greater and deeper relationship with God through His son, Jesus. Take all joy in being tempted James (the brother of Christ) tells us; for in passing the temptation, our faith is strengthened.

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      frogyfish 

      9 years ago from Central United States of America

      Words to give us strength and hope. Thank you for sharing again.

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      James Brown 

      9 years ago from United States of America

      Great HUB, thanks for sharing.

    • Rob Jundt profile imageAUTHOR

      Rob Jundt 

      10 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks you all for your thoughtful comments. As Christians, it's imperative to be grounded in the bedrock truth of God's faithfulness. I sometimes find myself more sensitive to the glistenings of temptation trying to stay the course than I was when off it. This is evidence of our struggle. Our victories along the way are testament to God fighting for us. We are satan's targets. We are on his radar big time. Being armed with God's word and fidelity is strength indeed. Keep up the good fight!

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      charmaine_zp 

      10 years ago

      Love this hub! It is true. God will always help us whenever we are tempted, if only we ask. I also believe in His word that He will never give us problems or allow temptations that He thinks we cannot overcome. He is a God of grace, indeed!

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Excellent Hub, Rob. This is definitely a keeper. Thank you for explaining it so well. Steph

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      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      Rob

      You have eloquently taught truth in this Hub. I know that He will always provide the way to escape when we simply "ask" but the application of that answer is not always that easy. The pride that is in our hearts makes it a challenge to actually submit our will to conform to His. Thank you for your encouraging reminder that it is a possibility. As always the choice still remains with us. Have a great day!

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      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      So well done, Rob. I love always having a way out :)

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      commentonthis7 

      10 years ago

      God will provide every thing you need Great Hub

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      commentonthis7 

      10 years ago

      Great hub

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      writemyown 

      10 years ago

      great hub

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      SirDent 

      10 years ago

      Great hub. Very well written and thought out. Easy to understand.

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