Overcoming Temptation

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March 13, 2011 by bobet888

Blame himself he must, though, if he is to be forgiven . Our age is one in which blame is passed to society, to the pressures of the times, or to some other faceless, nameless creature. If one is to be forgiven, he must first humbly admit, “I have sinned .” As long as he looks for someone or something else to blame, he will be totally helpless in combating temptation.

The Christian needs to recognize the role of Scripture in overcoming temptation. The Psalmist stated, “Thy Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee ” ( Psalms 119:11 ). When God’s Word becomes an integral part of the believer’s life, it fortifies that person against temptation’s power. Christ Himself demonstrated the Word’s power when He resisted Satan’s temptations with a quote from the Old Testament ( Matthew 4:7 ). A systematic, prayerful study of Scripture is an absolute prerequisite to defeating temptation. The Word not only warns of Satan’s methods ( II Corinthians 2:11 ), but it empowers against attacks ( Ephesians 6: 11-17 ).

– by Henry Morris and Martin Clark
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