How can a believer avoid falling into temptations.

HOW CAN A BELIEVER AVOID FALLING INTO TEMPTATIONS.
30 Dec 2020 | By Pst. Gitahi Daniel

By Pastor Gitahi Daniel, Christian Foundation Fellowship {CFF} Donholm Kenya.

Temptations are somehow guaranteed in the life of a believer. Even Jesus was tempted not once or twice in the course of His ministry while on earth. He however, overcame the temptations. How then can we, as believers, avoid tempations today?

 

1. Avoid meeting places of the wicked. 

 Prov 4:14 says we should not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the ways of evildoers. 

It is good to have a firm stand in the requirements of God. 

If you find yourself in a circle where the engagements do not please God, refrain from being part of the same. 

Establish boundaries of salvation and live within them. 

Similarly, our wealth should not be acquired through wicked means. You would rather have little that is acquired justly than much acquired falsely.

 Our priority should be in pleasing God and not men or our own desires. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? In salvation, always know when to say no.

 

2. Choose your friends carefully.  

'Show me your friends and i will tell you your character.' 

There is no way you will associate with people that gossip and not take up the habit or with people that lie and not end up as a liar yourself. 

You have to be careful with whom you keep company.

Some temptations come as a result of the company one keeps. Do not sell your birthright at the expense of friendship.

Your friends determine the type of person you are and as a believer you have to be careful. 

 

Prov 12:26 "The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray." 

1 Cor 15: 33 "Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 

The moment you keep company with evil people, they drain whatever good is in you and you end up being just like them. 

 

3. Do not make any provisions for the flesh

Rom 13:14 says that we should put on the Lord Jesus Christ and not make any provisions for the flesh. 

It is natural for man to want to go against God's holy nature and that is what the devil uses against us. If we do not clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, we will gratify what the flesh desires. 

 

There are four levels, when it comes to the human flesh that a man should rise in, in the walk of faith, so as to completely destroy the flesh. 

1. Crucified stage. We are required to literally put the flesh on the cross by not granting it its sinful desires. 

2. Dead stage. The fleshy nature must die according to Rom 6:4 that says 'we died and were buried with Christ.'

3. Buried stage. Col 3:1 talks of how we were raised together with Christ and for that we should think of those things that are above, where Christ is sitted. 

4. Raised stage. Eph 2: 6 says that we have been raised with Christ and are now sitted with Him in the Heavenly realms. 

5. Ascended stage. 

 

Rom 6:6 says that our old man has been crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve in sin. 

While Gal 5:24 says that those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 

If we must walk to perfection as Christ desires, then we must be willing to crucify and destroy evil sinful desire. 

 

4. Prayer 

Matt 6:13, Matt 26:31 

Prayers are undoubtedly an integral part in any believer's life. 

Praying persistently and fervently saves us from temptations. 

A prayerful believer is at a better place in overcoming temptations than a prayerless one. 

It is quite natural for man to not want to go an extra mile with the things of the spirit, such as prayer and fasting, and thus it calls for us to press hard. 

 

5. Put on the whole armor of God. 

 Eph 6: 10-17 

To avoid temptations, we have to understand that our battles are not physical but spiritual. We should therefore clothe ourselves with the armour of God in full to stand firm against the darts of the enemy. 

These scriptures tell us of the importance of prayer. 

James 5: 16, Eph 6:10, 1Thes 5:16-18, Luke 18, Matt 26:31, Matt 6:13.


Comments (2)

Kenneth Irungu on 02 Jan 2021

Wonderful messages

Monicah Wanjiru on 18 Jan 2021

Powerful teachings, people need to know the truth and the truth will set them free.

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