I heard someone say this the other day and it really made me think…they said that one of the biggest challenges that we face in life comes from temptations. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t make me feel very encouraged. However, there is encouragement, because just because we are tempted, it doesn’t mean that temptations have to overcome us. 1 John 5:4 tells us that whatever is born of God, overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith. Meaning if you have given your life to Jesus, He’s talking to you…if you have God on your side, you can overcome any temptation that tries to come your way!
1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “For no temptation, no matter how it comes or where it leads has overtaken you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted beyond your ability and strength of resistance, but with the temptation He will [always] provide the way out.
Ladies, we all face temptations. You may be walking through some temptations right now, so I want you to know that you are not alone. The good news is, though, that temptation doesn’t have to defeat you. God tells us that when temptation comes, he will provide a way of escape every single time…it’s up to us to choose it! Temptation will come to you, because the enemy is real and he wants to pull you down any way he can, but it doesn’t have to overcome you! We just have to decide that we are not going to let that temptation overcome us!
The two biggest things that the enemy tries to tempt us with is our mind—or our thinking and our emotions. Can I get an amen?
Did you know that not all the thoughts that come through your head are your thoughts? Have you ever had a thought come into your head and you were like…where in the world did that come from? That is not something I would ever think about? You were almost ashamed by it. The enemy will put thoughts in your mind, because he wants you to take the bait. If you take a thought that he places in your mind and you begin to really think about it. When it was just a thought…that was the temptation, when you began to really think about it and think about it…that’s when that temptation won.
To learn more about how to overcome temptations, check out this week's episode of the UncommonTEEN Podcast.
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