THIS IS HOW YOU CAN CONQUER THE TEMPTATIONS IN YOUR LIFE
Temptations are something that we all face in our lives. They can be very toxic and it can drive us into places that will bring some sort of hurt or chaos. They're also very difficult to break out of and sometimes they might even feel like there are chains holdings us down with no way of escaping them. What if I tell you that is a lie? Those temptations will always come your way, but there is a way to conquer them and break those chains that you feel are holding you down? I want to share with you scriptures that I believe will help you conquer the temptations and set you free from the chains of temptation that have been holding you down. Let's get started!
At the beginning of Matthew 4, Jesus is lead into the wilderness by the spirit of God to be tempted by the devil. Now that in itself is insane, right? Like, why in the world would the Spirit of the Lord lead Jesus into the wilderness to be purposely tempted by the devil? Well, as much as I would love to break that down for you we are not here for that part. Sorry, but we are here to talk about what happens next in Matthew 4. Because what comes next is what helped me face temptations and I believe it can do the same for you.
Right after Jesus was sent into the wilderness scriptures described him fasting for 40 days and forty nights in which he became hungry. Like WOW! I Can barely go half a day without drooling over a pizza (Don't judge me). I can't imagine what 40 days feel like! Seriously! It must be insane. In fact, let us take a minute and place ourselves in his shoes as we go over this. When he became hungry the enemy came to him to tempt him and pause. I want us to press in here because this is very important. Isn't it crazy how the very moment Jesus became tired and hungry the enemy took that opportunity to come in and begin tempting Jesus? Think about that for a minute. Because there are many times in our lives in which the enemy will do the same thing to us. The very moment we find ourselves in a moment of vulnerability he will attempt to swoop in and tempt you to do things that are not according to God's will. So what do we do when that happens? Good Question, we go and do the following.
REFLECT ON THE WORD
You see when the enemy saw Jesus was hungry he came in and hit him with the first temptation mentioned in verse three. In which he said "If you are the son of God, tell these stones to become bread" Jesus then replies with what I believe is one of the most powerful ways to rebuke temptations. Jesus tells the enemy "It is written man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the word of God". Do you see what Jesus did there? No? Well here is another example for you. After Jesus rebuked the initial temptation, the enemy took him somewhere else to tempt Jesus again. This time not only did the tempter try to tempt Jesus, but he also used scriptures to tempt him to throw himself off a cliff. Jesus response is similar to the first one I shared. Jesus said, "It is also written: Do not put the Lord your God to the test." Did you catch it this time? Well, I hope you did, but here is the last one just to be sure. After being rebuked once more the enemy then took Jesus to one more place. He takes Jesus to a very high mountain and shows Jesus all the kingdoms and splendor of the world then saying to Jesus "All this I will give you if you bow down and worship me." Jesus did once more what he did before. He responded with the following "Away from me Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve him only."
LET'S BREAK THAT DOWN
In all three of those moments Jesus was tempted and he used scripture to rebuke the temptations of the enemy. That right there is what I strongly believe can help you conquer the temptations in your life. When we are faced with temptations we need to become accustomed to using scriptures as a weapon against the temptations presented to us. In fact, I find it interesting that in Ephesians 6:17 the word of God is referred to as the sword of the Spirit. Even more than that, when God spoke to Joshua he said the following to Joshua "Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." I love this so much because it is a reminder as to why we need the word of God as part of our everyday lives. AND NO, NOT THE DAILY SCRIPTURES. I MEAN REALLY IMERSE YOURSELF IN A DAILY READING DIGGING INTO THE WORD OF GOD! Temptations are not easily defeated especially in these times, but we can conquer them with the word of God. I want to urge you to start building habits in your life in which you start seeking the word of God and reflect on it any time a temptation comes your way. You will see as time goes on the difference in your life when temptations come your way. YOU WILL CONQUER THOSE TEMPTATIONS.