Resistance

When temptations come should we just accept them as a force we cannot resist?  Should we chalk it up to undeniable or even make an excuse to explain why we fall?  Is the old adage ‘resistance is futile’ correct?  Read Jesus’ Words to you on the subject of how to resist below:

[43] And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. [45] And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. [47] And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, [48] ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ [49] For everyone will be salted with fire. Mark 9:43-49

When there is anything that can cause us to stumble or sin we are to get rid of it.  That means resistance!  Yet, resistance is costly.  To illustrate the high cost of it, Jesus explained how drastic we should act in regard to temptations within our own body by saying - get rid of the offending party.  That is extreme resistance!  Here are three helpful thoughts on how to resist temptations in your life:

First, we cannot resist many of the onslaughts of this world in our own power.  We must entreat God’s mighty power in order to be victorious.  A promise from Scripture to stick to the problem of temptation is James 4:7 - Submit to God, Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Notice that we must first submit to God before we have the power to resist the devil…it is only then we will see the victory of his flight.  You need God’s Power to do this!

Next, you need to tie into the power source of God’s Word.  Remember when Jesus resisted the devil in the wilderness (read Matthew 4:1-11)?  Jesus didn’t do anything that you cannot do…He relied upon the power of God’s Word to resist temptations of mind, body and spirit.  He didn’t go into wordy arguments using human wisdom.  He simply stated ‘it is written’ and then quoted the powerful truth of God’s Holy Word.  You need God’s Word to do this!

Lastly, when being tempted, you need to be ready to view that temptation according to God’s Plan and Will.  The life of a Jesus follower is about pleasing God so a good question to ask yourself is ‘Can I please God by ‘fill in the blank with the temptation’?  If you can’t then resistance is required. Put this question into your arsenal.  You need to know God’s Will to do this!  

Have a great weekend and enjoy gathering with fellow followers of Jesus in the church you are part of…