"Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people." - Ephesians 6:17-18 NIV

Tempted Much?

Temptation is something we all fight. Now, certainly, there are different things that would tempt this or that person, when others might find temptation somewhere else. And one of the first ways to overcome it is to look for the way out that God has promised and then run as fast as you can!

But the best way to fight temptation of any kind is the way Jesus did. When Satan tempted Jesus with bread, power, and freedom from harm, Jesus responded by quoting scripture. Again and again Satan would throw out a great prize and each time, Jesus shot him down with God’s Word. Follow Jesus’ example and you’ll have a much easier time overcoming the devil’s attempts to tempt you into sin.

Perhaps you are thinking right now, “Bryant, that makes a lot of sense, but I’m just not able to memorize things.” Let me offer you some advice. Instead of memorizing the exact words, capture the spirit of the passages. There are two reasons for this. First, worrying over the exact words will trip you up, post a barrier to your learning, and maybe even be so frustrating that you give up. Secondly, it’s the point of the verse that God uses to give us victory over temptation.

If you are reading the Bible regularly, you will have the full counsel of God at your disposal.