You Can Stop Yielding To Temptations

You may be aware of the two negative influences that continually test you.  You have a very self-centered, carnal nature tempting you and the devil is continuously trying to bring you down.  The demonic spirit’s purpose is to stop you from doing God’s Will.  It started in the Garden of Eden and the devil has never stopped pursing those who were God fearing or those having accepted Christ as their Savior.

We know that unbelievers are already under Satan’s control so there is no need to tempt them.  They are going to do whatever their desires lead them to do.  But a believer tries to do only those things they know are acceptable to God.  To please God we cannot let the two negatives, our self-centered nature and demonic influence, overcome our thinking and win.

Ephesians 6:12 – “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  Our struggles are from the power of spiritual forces of evil.  Satan is our enemy and is constantly tempting us.  Satan is in opposition to God and wants to bring down our relationship with Him.  He does not want us to be a part of God’s family.  Christians realize they cannot stand up to him in their own power.  The Book of Daniel in chapter 10 tells us of the many fallen angels and evil spirits and how powerful they are.  Satan has millions of emissaries that gather information and inflict problems on the human race.  Their purpose is to also enslave people into all forms of idolatry, involvement in cults, deceptive philosophies, evolution and climate change.

Stop and think how immoral society has become.  The powers of darkness flame our lusts, our human passions and our self-centered natures suggesting that we yield to sin.  As we get closer to the end time, which we do not know when, it seems we are getting back to the pagan religions prior to Christ coming two thousand years ago.  At that time pagans had temples and temple prostitutes and sex was a part of their worship service.

Our self-centered and sinful nature is placing thoughts into our minds just as rapidly as the evil powers.  Out of our hearts come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, thefts, false witness and blasphemies.  Just seeing the world’s pleasures being offered can be enticing. Don’t let Satan corrupt your heart and mind by displaying ugly passion instead of love for Christ.  Then add instant gratification, a great temptation, and the need to have what everyone else has and have it now. And what must we do to get it: credit cards and installment payments that continually cause us to spend much more than we earn.  Thus, when we yield and give in, we can suffer anxiety, stress and possibly depression because we are unable to make our payments.

Romans 6:6 – 8 “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.”

We are told that we must die out to this self-centered nature that affects the evil that we may do.  We know it is impossible to get rid of this nature but it can be controlled.  However, it can only come under the control of the Holy Spirit if we give Him permission to do so.  For that to happen we must be willing to live by God’s commandments and His Will for our lives.  That requires a repentant heart.  We can have all of the head knowledge provided in Scripture but if our relationship with Christ is not in our hearts and only in our head, we will not be repentant.  We are told we will not be judged by our works but by our faith and our heart.  We now have two negatives influencing our mind and One positive that we received by accepting Christ into our heart.  The One positive, given control, is much more powerful than the two negative spirits.  We will never yield to temptation provided we allow the Holy Spirit to run interference for us.  But that will depend upon our relationship to the Holy Spirit.  Do we talk to the Holy Spirit regularly?  Do we ask the Holy Spirit to help us make decisions and choices in life?  Does the Holy Spirit know that we never want to yield to temptation?  Scripture says that the Holy Spirit will protect our thinking from demonic influence and suggestions.

Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”  (NLT)

We all have areas of weakness in our lives.  We must be honest with ourselves and determine what these weaknesses might be.  We then must deal with each and get rid of it before we will ever have joy and peace in our lives.    Here are some temptations that cause us to sin: unforgiveness, greed, pride, lies, lust, unbelief, anger, love of money and others.  Make a list and accept responsibility that it is a problem in your life.  Then believe that you can eliminate each temptation that leads to sin. Be aware that you will be attacked and influenced in these areas that are a problem. Then believe in the promise of Philippians 4:13 – “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” And I will!

I Peter 5:8 – “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

Spiritual warfare is serious and the enemy is real.  Evil influences seek to harm us and our family.  They want to destroy our witness and hinder the work of God.  If you think you can handle the two negative influences without God’s help you are in trouble; that is if your desire is to not yield to temptation.  The Apostle Paul, with all of his knowledge, found that he could not win without the Holy Spirit’s help.  So if we let our self-centered nature get out of control and ignore the Holy Spirit, we are on our own and we know what the result will be: Convicted of sinning and pronounced guilty—and Satan wins!   Don’t you want to be the winner?

I Corinthians 10:13 – “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”  Too many Christians are not looking for the way out.

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