As those who are following Christ, it’s quite obvious that we find ourselves in a huge battle with Satan, sin, along with our carnal nature. Keep in mind, one thing that we have to be very cautious about is temptation due to the fact that it’s the pathway that leads people to sin. The enemy knows that quite well, and he has been using it as a very potent tool for years since after mankind’s inception within the Garden of Eden in order to bring all types of destruction to the human race.
Another important thing to realize is that temptation is not a sin, the issue lies with yielding to temptation. The bottom line is that temptation is unable to bring anyone into sin by itself without that person being willing to succumb to it. As a result, this is a critical area which really needs to be paid attention to in order for us to be able to deal wisely with any temptation Satan is throwing at us.
Dealing With Temptation Requires An Attitude of Pleasing And Glorying God.
The Christian life revolves around both pleasing and glorifying God by our lifestyles (1 Peter 2:12, 1 Corinthians 6:20). That’s all God really needs out of us in response to what He’s accomplished for us through His only Son Christ Jesus. Bear in mind, it’s important for people to realize that the devil wants to be gloried just as God wants to be glorified. He knows our weaknesses’ areas; thus, he’s an accomplished opportunist, it means that it’s what he will use in order to tempt us to do things that will bring shame and reproach to the name of God.
However, if we’ve adopted an attitude of pleasing and glorifying God through the means of dying to self daily by ceasing to follow the impulsive desires of the flesh, then we grant God the full right for Him to work through us in a powerful way. Submitting to God also means being empowered by God, so that we can resist Satan along with his field of temptation and his influence that he’s unleashing on us. We should be living for Jesus alone.
Succumbing to Temptation is Considered as a Victory to Satan.
Satan’s main goal with temptation is to lure us to submit to his deceptive and destructive ways. Consequently, every time we let him entice us into sin, that’s equivalent to us letting him be victorious over us. The best method of dealing with that is to see temptation along with sin as what they are. Their ultimate purpose of the enemy with temptation and sin is not only to lead us away from God but to keep us in bondage indefinitely.
Resisting Temptation is Considered as a Victory to Christ.
Conversely, whenever we choose to depend upon the Holy Spirit, so that He can empower us concerning confronting temptation in order for us to live as God wants us to live, that brings honor and glory to Christ. The main reason is that we’re willing to align our lives in such a manner that’s consistent with what His death has accomplished for us. God’s will is for us to live both an abundant and victorious life through Christ. By our bold resistance to Satan, we’re telling God what’s important for us is living up to His own holiness’ standard.
Lastly, God has made us such a magnificent promise in His Word that we have to lay a strong hold on which is found in (1 Corinthians 10:13). It says that He’ll never allow us to be tempted in such a way that goes beyond our ability to cope with it, and when we find ourselves being caught up by temptation, He’ll strengthen us, so that we can endure it till we make out. But, since God does His works through the person of the Holy Spirit, that can only happen if we take our responsibility by depending on the Holy Spirit. Our strength is determined by our level of faith in God, that’s the reason why we have to know how to have faith in God.