It may sound simple but temptation is tough because it’s tempting and it plays to our desires.
In dealing with temptation we have two enemies: Satan and our selves. So how do we endure temptation as we battle two enemies? As always, we can look to Jesus to see how to best model our lives.
In order to prepare for His ministry, Jesus fasts. In Matthew 4:1-11 we see the story of Jesus fasting and being tempted by Satan three times. But we also get to see how Jesus responded each time. Before going farther, read Matthew 4:1-11.
We can see a perfect approach to deal with temptation:
-we have to know scripture
-we have to be willing to use it
James 1:15 says, “Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
Verse 15 outlines a full process.
Desire leads to death. We have to control our desires. We do that by following the advice given by Mark 9:43-47. Read this passage before going further.
Sometimes our best option is to follow the passage above and also be like Joseph in Genesis 39. When he was presented with temptation to commit adultery with Potiphar’s wife, he decided to get himself out of the situation, so he ran away. He removed himself from the temptation he was facing in that situation and did it so quickly that his cloak was left behind.
We must flee from temptation and do it quickly before our desires lead to sin and death.