First off – Do not make resisting temptation your ultimate goal! That is a side product of what our true objective is – to worship God with everything we are. Let God be your focus.
As I was sharing on Sunday (sermon link) I wanted to convey some practical advice for resisting temptation but then also what the real battle is.
It is not a battle of flesh and blood, or a matter of will power – it is a battle in the spiritual realm for our obedience to God and our dependence on God.
The main point I wanted to get across on Sunday is that the “what” of temptation is not where we need to be resisting, but rather the “why”. The “why” of our temptation points to our own desire to fill a need that God has already promised to fulfill – a desire that He can fill if we let Him.
Really what it comes down to is knowing who you are in Christ. You are a child of God. You are cherished. You are approved. You are loved. You are provided for. You are seen. You are worthwhile. You are FORGIVEN.
And so much more.
If you have time, go on a bible journey of discovery to know and understand truly who you are in Christ – there is amazing freedom in that.
On Sunday I ended with two passages for homework. Read these passages and think about what they mean. Please share with me your thoughts, your revelations, your breakthroughs or your questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
Psalm 37:4 – Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires (NLT)
- What does it mean to take delight in the Lord?
- What does that look like for you in your day to day life?
- What are your heart’s desires?
Ephesians 6:10-18 – 10A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
- What do each of these pieces of armour mean?
- How do you put them on daily?