How to overcome temptation

Temptation is something that every person faces, but it’s important to remember that with God’s help, we can overcome it. Here are some tips on how to overcome temptation, supported by verses from the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible:

1. Recognize the source of temptation: Temptation comes from Satan, who seeks to lead us away from God. In James 1:14-15 (KJV), it says, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” By recognizing that temptation comes from Satan, we can be better prepared to resist it.

2. Pray for strength: In Matthew 26:41 (KJV), Jesus tells his disciples, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Prayer is a powerful tool in resisting temptation. Ask God for strength and guidance to overcome temptation.

3. Memorize scripture: In Ephesians 6:17 (KJV), it says, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Memorizing scripture can help us to resist temptation when it comes. When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, he responded with scripture (Matthew 4:1-11).

4. Avoid situations that lead to temptation: In 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV), it says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Sometimes the best way to resist temptation is to avoid situations that lead to it.

5. Seek accountability: In James 5:16 (KJV), it says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Having someone to hold us accountable can help us to resist temptation. Find a trusted friend or mentor who can support you in your journey.

Remember, overcoming temptation is not something we can do on our own. We need God’s help and the support of others. By recognizing the source of temptation, praying for strength, memorizing scripture, avoiding situations that lead to temptation, and seeking accountability, we can resist temptation and grow in our relationship with God.

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