God Gives Us Strength To Deal With Temptation

A couple of days ago, I was getting a haircut at Davis and Company in Dallas, Ga. Sarah Gardner was cutting my hair. There was a lady in there who was going to walk to a clothing store right there close by. As she left she said she was leaving her wallet behind so that, even if she saw something she liked, she couldn’t buy it.
So, she goes to the clothing store and comes back and says she had found something “cute.” Then she said, “I’m going back with my wallet.” lol She had a good plan to begin with but she was yielding to temptation. lol
We live in a world of sin and temptation. Just because we are saved, doesn’t mean we won’t face temptation. The devil is alive and well on planet earth. And many times, we face the power of temptation.
We are tempted sexually. We are tempted financially. We are tempted emotionally. And the temptation is powerful. But, God promises to help us deal with temptation.
Paul wrote, in Ii Thessalonians 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” Paul is assuring the Christians in Thessalonica that while Satan is powerful and temptation is strong, God WILL protect them from Satan. How does God do this?
When we are being tempted, we have to ask the Lord to give us strength. James told us to “Submit therefore to God, resist the devil and He will flee.” So, when we are experiencing temptation, we draw closer to God and God helps us resist the devil.
From a practical standpoint, if you know something tempts you, stay away from it. If you are a recovering alcoholic, you may not need to go into a bar even if all you intend to do is talk with people.
If you have a problem with immoral thoughts, you don’t need to put yourself into a position where you will have those thoughts.
I John 4:4 says, “You are of God little children, and have overcome them because greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world.”
So, we will be tempted… Satan is very real, but, God gives us strength to deal with temptation.

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