Thursday, January 17, 2013

How To Overcome Temptation - An Introduction

by Arthelo Palma

How To Overcome Temptation - An IntroductionEveryone of us has weaknesses, but for those who feared to sin against God like Apostle Paul, God would want to tell us that His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). That is why Paul delighted in weaknesses because he is strong when he is weak (2 Corinthians 12:10). This may sound paradoxical contrast, but the reality is that it is when we are in the saddest part of our life or our weakest point God could freely illustrate His power only if we believe in Him and ask for His help. He will never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), and that is His promise that would never change for those who give reverence for His Name. Try to think of this. The doctor’s ability could only be proven if he successfully healed a patient and saved him from imminent death. In the same way, we could not declare God is a healing God if in the first place there is no need for healing because there is nothing to be healed at all. Thus, at some point, this proves that God’s power is made perfect in weakness.

God is giving us promise to bring us to the land flowing with milk and honey. This means he would bring us to a life flowing with abundance. This does not literally mean more money, but God would just want to balance all areas in our life (social, emotional, physical, financial, intellectual, and spiritual). Life is not abundant if a person is deficient in at least one of life’s areas. However, in reality, with our weaknesses, there are challenges we need to face prior to obtaining an abundant life.

Among these challenges (trials) are temptations. Essential weaknesses common to many Christians could be unearthed in the presence of temptations. Temptation is not a sin, but giving in to it makes it a misbehavior before God.

Satan is like a thief, and his ministry is to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10a), the opposite of God’s plan for our life, which is to give us abundance (John 10:10b). Therefore, in the presence of our weaknesses and temptations, it is not impossible that from time to time many would fall and give in to worldly desires. That is why God consistently would demand obedience in order for us to achieve His promise. Now we would ask, is it really possible to obey God in the midst of our weaknesses and temptations? The answer is absolutely a big YES. In the first place, God is faithful so He will never let us be tempted beyond what we can bear, but when we are tempted, He would also provide a way out so that we can stand up under it (1 Corinthians 10:13). What does this mean?

I got this point when God tells me “My grace is sufficient for you.” I pondered on it and then I found that God is giving me a healthy mind, a free will and a highly functional or physically-able body.

Below are the following words of advice on how to overcome temptation.

Tip number one: Reason out (Please click here to read)

Tip number two: Refuse (Please click here to read)

Tip number three: Run (Please click here to read)

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