The need to be enlightened on how to prevent lustful temptation

Satan is the sole originator of temptation and he uses man, evil spirits and forces in the wicked places as his agents. He offers all manner of enticements to lure a believer to disobey God and lead him to destruction. The heart’s desires and wishes of every man are never satisfied as long as he remains without salvation in Christ. He is always inclining to satisfy these desires in any way possible without minding the source, whether it is legitimate or illegitimate; righteous or unrighteous. He is not even mindful of the consequence of his action; whether it leads to life or death.

Because of this desirous intent, which is one of man’s weaknesses; satan sees it as an avenue to get to man, tempts him and make him do that which is wrong and turn him against his Creator. Temptation has then become a vital tool, which satan has been using from beginning of the world to turn man against his Creator.

God’s thought for His children is that of peace, and not evil. Satan foresees all these blessings and would do anything to stop Christians from obtaining them. Satan accomplishes his mission by putting temptation before the children of God. This temptation could come in form of the followings

  • Enticements and shortcut to lure to error
  • Frustration and delay to cause denial of God
  • Obstacles and difficulties to cause backsliding

Most temptations come because of our strong desire for worldly things and will want to obtain it ‘at all cost’, regardless of how, where and what the result of obtaining it will be.

Beware of the following baits

  1. Do not yield to satan ministration, you will likely be enticed or induced. (1Jn. 5:18)
  2. Recognize the wiles of the devil; they may lead one to fall for temptation.  (2Cor. 2:11)
  3. Avoid doubt and negativity to avoid caving in to temptation.
  4. Incessant sinning is the result of diverse temptations because the word of God has no place in the erred.

In year 2014, whatever situation you find yourself, when all things seems not going well and when faced with problem and difficulties of life, know that Satan is at work and he wants you to commit an error, whereby you are robbed of heavenly blessings. This moment calls for prayer and fasting.

 Preventing and avoiding temptation

  • The first recommendation for a believer is to avoid temptation and this can be achieved only when you are genuinely born again. (1Jn. 5:18)
  • Let the word of God help you to overcome temptation; keep it in your heart and use them as at when necessary. (Ps. 119:11)
  • Do not compromise your faith for the fear of known and unknown. Daniel knew the consequences of disobeying the king’s law, but he was never moved but stood by his faith. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would not compromise their faith for the fear of the burning furnace. Do not compromise your faith because of economic, political, terrorism, debt, mortgage or whatever situation that causes fear. Stand in the faith and trust the Lord to help you overcome.
  •  Avoid devil’s territory; it is an avenue for temptation. (1Cor. 7:5; Eph. 4:26b-27)
  • Don’t be too hasty or rush into getting rich. (1Tim. 6:9) wait for God’s timing. Shortcut produces fake or second best and not the best.
  • Beware of besetting sin which is a sign of spiritual unfruitfulness (backsliding) – Dema went back into the world having being a former follower of Apostle Paul.
  • Be sober and vigilant. (1Pet. 5;8-10)
  • Be spirit filled. (Gal. 5:16)
  • Put on the whole armor of God. (Eph. 6:10)
  • Pray always not to enter into temptation.
  • In as much as it is possible, avoid burden of owing – owing a bank, a person or burden of credit card. Cut your coat within your means. Do not allow any lack to cause you drown yourself into any unnecessary debt.
  • Avoid pride. (Pro. 16:18)
  • There is the need to control your appetite. Esau could not control his appetite; he lost his birthright and subsequent blessing.
  • There is the need to control your urge. – Rueben could not control his urge; he lost the position and blessing of a first born.

Finale

In year 2014, in unavoidable temptation, try to endure (Patience); face it and keep moving, while abiding continually with the Lord. This is the temptation experience by the children of God. (Dan.6:16-17; 6:19-24). The Bible says “blessed is the man who endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life…” (Jas. 1:12).

Blame no one for your temptation. Follow the praying pattern of Jesus Christ (Mk. 1:35); because he is the only one who has been tempted and did not sin. Resist the devil as Jesus did (Jas. 4:7)

God promised a way out of any temptation;. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1Cor. 10:13). Only believe, have faith, trust and rest in the Lord to help in any situation you find yourself (Ps. 37:3-8). No temptation is permanent.

By Lawrence Abitogun

Related posts:

  1. Guarding against Lustful Temptation 2
  2. Guarding against Lustful Temptation 1
  3. Guarding against Lustful Temptation, part 3
  4. Guarding against Lustful Temptation Part 7; Prayer bulletin for Year 2014
  5. Guarding against Lustful Temptation part 5

About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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