Daily Devotional | Overcoming Temptation

James 1:2, 3 NIV
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

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Temptation is an act of being drawn to an evil habit, the constant hunger to sin. Temptation is a demonic overflow that no man can overcome without the presence of the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit). Temptation is, but not limited to, lusts of the flesh, desires or lust of the eyes, and  pride of life (1 John 2:16).  Satan is skilled at making sin seem attractive to us. In other words, Satan prefers to employ subtle tactics rather than overt ones because disguised temptations are more effective in deterring and deceiving well-intentioned Christians.
 
God is Holy, so as His children, we should strive to be holy. When temptation comes, we are advised to handle it with wisdom and care.  After temptation, comes your rewards and blessings. This is for those that stand faithful to the written word of God. For those that failed, God will punish them.  Like grace, the punishment is designed and given to each one according to God’s measure.
 
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:2-5 NIV) According to James, our temptations should be a training ground. While we are promised that these trials will not last, again we are reminded that every word and promise of God will come to pass, and will fulfill the purpose unto which it was sent. (Isaiah 55:11).

Why are we supposed to be happy during temptation? Are you going through something now? Are you determined to win? What is your weapon– carnal or spiritual? Do you believe God’s plan for victory? Are you willing to fight and be victorious? 

To win or lose, you must have the answers, and make a choice. This decision will allow the head of your choice (light or darkness, God or satan) to access and lead your efforts. If you choose God’s plan, He will give His angels charge over you (Psalm 91:11), but if you choose to wallop in the sin, Satan and his demons will dwell with you.

 
The Bible said that we are more than a conquerors! (Romans 8:37). This means that with God on our side, “no weapon formed against us that shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17).  Again,  in Matthew 26:41, Jesus told His disciples to “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptations”. This means that if we focus on the works, words and instructions of God for holy living, we can “Submit to God, and resist the devil” (James 4:7) Be aware that these temptations exists (watch the news), and must come to all that believes that Jesus is Lord and Savior. Tell yourself that ‘I am the target’ When you are overwhelmed by guilt, Satan is overloading you to destruction. KEY: Find someone of integrity and release the secrets; what you are going through! Satan works in secret, and anytime you can expose him, his works (sins), you have gained a ground for his destruction.  In Luke 22:31, Jesus told Peter that Satan asked permission to destroy him. You are not an exception, and for this reason, you must have to stay under the shadow of the Almighty.(Psalm 91:1-2). You are not in this alone! Everyone that believes is tempted.
 
HOW TO WIN: you must focus on your success, future, and God’s promises for you. If you dwell in your past failures, ineptitude, lame excuses,  comparisons to those that failed, using you human power to fight, isolationism, self-pity, comfort through alcohol or other substances…anyhting other than the written word of God through prayer (and attendance and worship in a living church), you are bound to lose this battle. Philippians 4:8 put it this way, “Finally, brothers and Sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about sic things “. 
 
Humble yourself, and obey God. Watch and pray!
 
Scripture of the day: No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it.

From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
TLWMI. (c) Copyright Reserved, 2011.
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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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