WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS WHEN TEMPTATIONS COME?
The agony of choice. This is something that many people are afflicted with in the world today. We want to look at it with respect to living out our faith. Should I sleep with my boyfriend? Should I move in with him? Should I have an abortion? Should I steal my company’s money to buy a new car? Should I lie to my spouse that I’m going to visit my girlfriend while I’m trying to have some alone time with this new guy I met at work? Should I talk my colleague into doing a shoddy job so that she can get fired because I’m jealous of her? The questions in our hearts are unending.
Choices, choices. There are so many things we could do, would love to do. But many of them are wrong. Even when we have become Christians, reading our Bibles, praying, fellowshipping with other believers, the stream of alluring thoughts keeps flowing. It is called temptation. It’s actually an attack, although it might seem so benign and fascinating. The Bible says it leads to sin which in turn leads to death if unchecked.
“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” – James 1:14-15 (ESV)
But the good news for you, child of God, is that God has made these things a lot easier for you than for the person who hasn’t surrendered his life to Him. You don’t have to suffer the agony of choice when temptations come. You don’t have to spend sleepless nights weighing all the options because the truth is, if you actually allow Jesus to be your Lord, there are no options. There isn’t a wide range of alternatives to choose from. There is only the right. Living for Christ means committing yourself to doing the right always.
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I wrote a song about this years ago titled, “No option”. The refrain went as follows:
There’s no option than the right
There’s no option than the right
For us as saints it’s sorted out
There’s no option than the right.
God’s grace is available to help us live right as Titus 2:11-13 shows. All we need is to fill our hearts with the word of God for renewal of our minds and direction. The world makes us feel it’s not cool to live the way we do, it makes us feel we are missing out on so much excitement and pleasure. But believe me, what we are missing is mostly filthiness, heartache and disappointment.
Temptation glamorises sin but after the deed is done, what is usually left is regret and emptiness. The latter leads to endless repeat performances in search of elusive fulfilment. We don’t need to learn from experience that sin is deadly. We can see it in the Bible and the lives of people around us who are trapped by alcohol, hard drugs, sex, etc. Many of these addicts started by choice until they were overpowered by sin.
“… be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:2
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“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” – Psalm 119:105
“9. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word 11. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” – Psalm 119:9, 11
Don’t negotiate with the devil or anyone he’s working through in any situation. Negotiation inevitably leads to compromise. You can’t reason out a safe or harmless way to commit sin. “Flee” is what the Bible says to do (1 Corinthians 6:18, 10:14; 1 Timothy 6:9-11; 2 Timothy 2:22) because at the end of the day, child of God, there are no options for you than the right.
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Prayer is good also for building resistance to sin but you do that before the pressure comes or after fleeing. Don’t stay with evil, looking at its many tantalising forms and features (if you can get away) and say you’re praying to avoid it. You are human and vulnerable, never forget.
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Almighty God, I want to thank You for simplifying my walk with You by clearly showing me in Your word how to live and that there is no benefit whatsoever to be gained from sin. Thank You for removing the choices that would have confused me. My only choice is to do right, to live in a way that honours You. Deliver me from every thought of playing with sin, of choosing between the many tempting options the devil presents. Help me to appropriate Your grace each day and live in victory over sin in Jesus’ name.
The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible except where otherwise stated.
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This was absolutely excellent, Edith!
Even in the “little” sins, there is a way out, if we choose the RIGHT! What a wise, wonderful piece of writing! Love you! ❤️
So pleased to see you here, Angela! Thank God for His amazing grace. Love you back, my dear sister. xoxo
Lord may your word be the lamp that will always guide our steps, may I always remember that I have no excuse to sin or fall into temptation. Thanks for the post and may God always give you the knowledge to inspire others.
Amen to your prayer for yourself and for me, Amaka. And have a merry Christmas!
It is not always easy to choose the right things because sometimes, the bad ones seem so harmless but I thank God for his word which directs our path and leads us into the right track. I like the quote ”you can’t reason out a harmless or a safe way to commit sin”.
Praise the Lord! He can help us escape the allurements of evil always.
THERE ARE SOME SITUATIONS WE FIND OURSELVES IN AND KNOWING OR CHOOSING THE RIGHT THING BECOMES SO DIFFICULT FOR US. BUT THANK GOD OUR FATHER IS ALWAYS WITH US. NICE AND INSPIRATIONAL. MAY WE NEVER FALL INTO TEMPTATION. AMEN
I say Amen too, in Jesus’ name.
Thank you, Ms. Edith Ohaja. Your piece is not just inspiring. It is instructional too. Most of the vices committed in the society today arise from the alluring pit of temptation. You are right when you say “There are not many choices when temptations come. There’s only the right.”
However, if you were to write a sequel, I recommend that you draw us more into “the right”. When we come to terms with and accept that which is right, we may not consider those choices when they present themselves. And so making choice when temptation comes may never be agonising…
God bless you.
God bless you too, Ikenna!
Indeed, negotiation with the devil leads to compromise. as children of God, we don’t have any other option than to do the right. we should not let the enemy deceive us with choices. God is faithful and cannot compromise his promises.
Amen. Well said, Solomon!
It is said that all that glitters is not gold, may God give us the grace not to choose sin because it looks attractive. May God help us.
Amen, my dear. May God help us to shine our spiritual eyes and see what’s beneath the glitter.
Absolutely right is the fact that “Temptation glamorises sin but after the deed is done, what is usually left is regret and emptiness”
I remember the guilt i felt the day I yielded into the temptation of taking some spoonful of rice from my roommate’s pot of food without the intention of telling her when she returns.
I had no peace until I was forced to confess as the devil kept reminding me every now and then of what i have done!.
Dear Lord, please lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from all evil.
Amen. Thank God for your tender conscience.
Sin sometimes looks tantalizing and promising but afterwards, one is full of regret and torment. It’s only the grace of God that has been sustaining us. May his name always be praised!
If you want to know what temptation is all about, wait till you’re broke, like really broke. the devil will put ideas in your mind. But it takes the grace of God to overcome temptation and make the right choice irrespective of one’s situation.
You’re right. Trusting in our own power sets us up for falling.
God has already told us that temptation will come our way but not the one that we cant overcome. We just need to draw ourselves to him through prayers and we will see ourselves triumphing over temptations. Nice one Ma!
One thing is certain, temptation must surely come from any source, but the BIG question is, “what are our responses to temptation when it comes?” Many would tend to seek the devil rather than seeking GOD Almighty who is the ultimate. However, we should be mindful of our P’s and Q’s so as to avoid the wrath of GOD in our decision. Thanks for this wonderful piece!
Curious as to what you mean by P’s and Q’s.
Mind your Ps and Qs is an English expression meaning “mind your manners”, “be on your best behavior”.
Temptation is an inevitable aspect of life as far as human beings are concerned. But we should always do well to manage it when it does come so as to avoid the other side of it.
Indeed yielding to temptation is not an option for any believer. We should always learn to choose the right path and that way is Jesus Christ
The right part is Christ taking over the wheel, he is in charge..
Yes, my dear! When we allow Him to steer the ships of our lives, He guides us away from temptations. May His grace multiply on your life henceforth in Jesus’ name.
It is actually easy to make the right choice and thank you Ma for this interesting writing, it was as if u read my thoughts
God bless you, Chiamaka!
its true that after the deed is done, one regrets his actions. may God help us ooo. thank you Ma.
Christ himself experienced temptation. Temptation is bound to happen always as long as we live, all we need to suppress it is God’s abundant grace, just like ur prayers ma; “ur only choice is to do the right thing”. AMEN.
temptation will always be there, we need to make a choice to either to choose the right option or the wrong one and this only possible when we abide in Christ and his grace is in us.
Amen! Temptation always looks fancy and inviting. But, when in it, it is destructive. Sin is too dangerous to play with. I’m putting this strategies to heart and putting it into practice. Nice one, Ma.
“Don’t negotiate with the devil. Negotiation leads to compromise”. This could not be any more accurate. I totally can relate.
Sometimes I know those wrong things, then I say, “let me just do a little of this, I’ll stop soon, it won’t lead to that”. Then before I know it, I’m swimming in the sin. Wow.
God help us shame the devil!
we as Christians can overcome temptation by counting on our death with Christ. which means that, in Christ we have been set free from the kingdom of darkness where sin reigns. we are no longer under the authority of sin. this is a great fact, and we are to count on it. even the bibles says” reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6:11 .since we have been delivered from sins authority, sin has no right to rule over us. we don’t have to obey sin any longer. thank u ma I love this.
Truth Ma! sometimes we find ourselves with these thoughts. our minds is a constant battlefield. It’s only with the Holy Spirit that we ca overcome.
We all experience temptations in day to day life activities but our option or choice as children of God is to resist them with God’s word. God’s word has the power to help us escape any temptation.
Alot of things in the world these days are bad things which are really tempting to we youths and Christians as well. With this article there’s only one option when it comes, which is only the right.
Temptations are caused by ones Desire to have something or do something. If the will to have material things often leads to doing what you might later regret and that is what temptation is all about its just your willingness to avoid it because even Jesus in the Bible found it tough to withstand the only option one has when temptation comes is prayers because prayers solves all things and that is the only option one has when temptation comes calling
Nice, Emmanuel, but do you actually read my posts or just comment based on their titles? I would urge you to read. I believe you will be greatly blessed.
Surely temptations will come but how we handle it is what make the difference. As Christians, having the fear of God in us is the greatest weapon for avoiding temptations steady
The Bible makes us understand that we should flee from all appearances of sin, this can only be done if we are able to dwell in him, in his word he said abide with me and I with you. This does not take away the fact that trials will come but it makes it so clear that when we are faced with such challenges, we can be bold enough to call Satan’s bluff and set him in his right position which is hell.
As the scriptures affirms that we flee from sin, I also think we should use the words of the scriptures as a guide against temptations because surely it will come but the word of the Lord is at our beck and call, we would be able to overcome it.
One thing i’m sure is that we human beings can’t run away from temptations; all we can do is to resist and overcome them when it starts. Sometimes when I am tempted, if I don’t really see any reason to do that, I take my bath, say a little prayer and look for something that gives me much joy, n do it instantly (like going out to play football or just watch others play at d stadium). When I was young, my mum used to tell me that if something is telling you to do something, n within u, u already know it’s bad, shout “Jesus I am with u, no devil can manipulate the spirit of God in me therefore the devil shall b put to shame; get behind keep satan” And these words have been keeping me. thanks to my mum
Whenever temptation comes our way, we should remember that God can not allow a bigger temptation to come to us…that is to say that we can overcome any temptation that will come our way. Jesus was tempted, who are we not to be tempted as well. God has given us power to overcome temptation…and when it comes, let God be the one at the centre of your mind..let him be who u are thinking about at the moment and I assure you, you shall overcome.
We have no option for falling into temptation but when we do we should run to God for forgiveness. Also, do not relent in your prayers, ask God to give you the grace to overcome temptation.
“There’s no option than the right” I concur! Am grateful I came across this post now. This is exactly what I need to tell myself at this point in time, there is no option than the right. What is wrong can never be baptised to seem right no matter the number of people doing it. God bless u ma
Thank our father for the power he has given us to overcome temptation. When I find myself trying to choose options that will lead me to sin, i remember the word and ask God for the strength to overcome it through prayer.
Very nicely written. I like to create hypothetical comparisms about these situations: If I love someone, would I want to hurt the person even when there’s a way out? In essence, would I really want to offend God by choosing the wrong path when he has already showed the righteous way through his word?
His guidance is all we need to stay on track and avoid worldly temptations.
The right thing to do is living everything for Christ ..when confused a little prayer would do or run away from that temptation.
Well said,the truth is that nobody no matter how religious you maybe is above temptation.thats why the bible says “by strength shall no man prevail” Jesus Christ himself was also tempted by the devil temptations is something that is inevitable.
But the good news is this God has given us sufficient grace to scale through temptations when they eventually come he said in his word “my grace is sufficient for you” there is no bible genius who never went through temptations from father Abraham down to Jacob ,Joseph ,and the three Hebrew men.what distinguished them from others was the fact that they knew the God they serve and were ready to sacrifice anything to please him.. so I think as a Christian if you understand this principle no matter how appealing the temptation may look your faith in him will see you through it.
I really love this one!! Temptations will normally come our way but in every situation(if we let God rule over us), we would do the right thing as that is the only option for us as Christians, while fulfilling God’s will.
Temptations are there to test your faith and yes we have the grace of God in us to be able to overcome them. at this point it becomes a matter a choice which comes with an after effect. We should learn to stay courageous and strong for the Lord is with us.
Indeed, “temptation glamorises sin but after the deed is done, what is usually left is regret and emptiness”… May God help us to be victorious in the face of temptation.. And when temptation comes, my option is to stand for what is right..
Yes, there are trials and temptation as well as war so that victory will be achieved. temptation comes to condemn but we attain high level of life through victory which is already assured to us with that name–Jesus. so, the best option we should have is the faith of victory
This post is very inspirational…….the truth is nobody is above temptations,even Jesus Christ was also tempted in the Bible but because he was filled with the spirit of God he was able to win over it……temptations comes to us always but it is only people that understand the word of God can overcome it the way Jesus Christ did,temptation is a way to test our faith,to know how strong we are in the lord…..even job was tempted severally but because he knew who he has as a father,he was able to endure everything that came after him and fought the temptation using God as his weapon….. Temptation always come to children of God but how you tackle it wen it comes shows how much you stand and believe in God………
Our prayers everyday is lead us not into temptation but deliver us from all evil ,as Christians we are bound to be tempted but as Christians we should take it into consideration to always call the name Jesus in our minds when such happens.
It is very difficult almost impossible to overcome heavy temptations without having a relationship with God prior to the temptations.Most People are in the habit of Running when they have problems/temptations excepting God to Fall Down and carry them and Give them milk when they had abandoned God for a long time. He does not work like that. My Point is that I strive to be in good relationship with God so that whenever Temptation comes, overcoming it/them become easy, fast and without stressful because I will call on him and He will Answer me. Thanks for the Post.
It is very difficult almost impossible to overcome heavy temptations without having a relationship with God prior to the temptations. Most People are in the habit of Running when they have problems/temptations excepting God to Fall Down and carry them and Give them milk when they had abandoned God for a long time. He does not work like that. My Point is that I strive to be in good relationship with God so that whenever Temptation comes, overcoming it/them become easy, fast and without stressful because I will call on him and He will Answer me. Thanks for the Post.
Truly it takes the grace of God to overcome temptation….may the good lord continue to endow us with the grace. Amen God bless you ma.
It only takes the grace of God and our love for Christ to make the right decision inspite of temptations. The wrong things seem easier and better, a shortcut and less stressful that’s why the canal mind and body would always push! But thank God for his grace, guidance and mercies.
Fighting temptations are very difficult given our canal mind, we can only overcome through grace and mercy from God
Temptation will arise in different forms, but as a believer, you have to stay true to the faith. Look up to God, and he will see you through it all.
Many times. Temptations comes in way we do not expect. You sometimes wont know that a temptation is creeping in. We just have to pray to God for his guidance and protection whenever a temptation comes up.
Some temptation may feel so strong to overcome. Then we should pray for the special grace of God in overcoming them.
Nice! The world needs to read this. Sin can appear so beautiful that we forget the consequences involved and focus on the present pleasure. Sin is willing to take you farther than you are willing to go and keep you longer than you are willing to stay. We can overcome temptations through the help God/ the holy spirit. Thank you ma
Thank you ma for this. the word of God is a light unto our feet, and unto our path. when we study the word daily, and are sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit, we would be able to overcome temptations also. Being a christian is not a guarantee that trials or temptations would not come, but it is a guarantee that when they do, we will not face and overcome them alone.
I think the best way to handle temptation is through fervent Prayers matched with Actions. Staying With the lord Always is the ultimate thing to do.
Temptation comes and it is inevitable. A Christian should not pray to avoid temptations but rather, not to succumb to it. Jesus was tempted by the devil three times. If he was tempted, then we are sure our own temptations must come daily. It is only when we are able to withstand temptations that we will prove to Christ that we are still faithful to him. Temptation always arises when we are confronted by two opposing alternative choices; one entices us into doing evil or dissuades us from doing good and the other does the contrary. We pray that amidst these opposing alternative choices, we may make the right choices.
Temptation is a sure thing that happen to everybody even if you are the most righteous person in this the world. this piece has provided solution on how to overcome it and that is by living a righteous and holy life… by doing what is right every time is a sure way to handle temptations…this pieces is filled… bless you ma
Yea..there is no other option than the right…u have to do the right things always, as children of God, temptations will always come, what matters is ones ability to conquer it, we can only do this by being consistent in prayer..may the lord give us the grace to to conquer during our trial time
“You can’t reason out a safe or harmless way to commit sin.” This got my attention. Sin is sin. Once committed, it is commited. And of a truth, one cannot reason out a safe way to commit sin. Even when you think you can, you’re only deceiving yourself. The bible affirms this in Proverbs, “There is way that seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof is destruction.”
One thing is certain z dat we will be tempted at one point in our lives… But wat matters is the way we overcome the temptation… Thanks for the write up
Although it is almost impossible to live in our world of today without encountering one tempting situation or the other, sometimes we give the devil the room to tempt us by what we allow into our minds, what we cast our eyes upon and what we utter with our mouths. Therefore, inasmuch as God is helping us, let us help ourselves by maintaining magnifying and wholesome thought patterns and lifestyles.
Most times it is difficult to overcome temptations because they usually come to our faces looking sweet and tantalizing and and our weak flesh falls for it.My prayer is that God should gives us the grace to overcome temptations
Temptation glamourises sin but after the deed is done what is usually left is regrets and emptiness. I love that line ma. Truly there is no other option than to stand right with God and he will see you through it.
One thing is for sure, temptation must come and when it comes, i do nothing else than prray, because, without Him no one can overcome it.
May God help His people.
Of a truth the word of God is a lamp unto our feet and path.that you are a Christian does not mean that you won’t face trials and temptations. Definitely we Will face temptations as Christians because it is the test of our faith.to handle temptation is through the word of God.thank you very much ma for this write up.it has really blessed my life.
Temptation is inevitable in our lives but what matters most is how well we are able to handle it when it comes which we can only handle by reading the word of God which strengthens our faith in God and by prayer
I LOVE THE TITTLE OF THIS STORY, IT DRAWS ATTENTION TO READ AND THINK OF YOUR OWN LIFE. TEMPTATION IS AN EVERYDAY THING ONE CAN NOT LEAVE WITHOUT ,BUT GOD HAS GIVEN US POWER OVER TEMPTATION.EVEN CHRIST ITSELF WAS TEMPTED TALK MORE OF US THE FOLLOWER.
WE SHOULD LEARN TO HANDLE TEMPTATION AND NOT TO RUN AWAY FROM IT.
As far as, we are still alive and dwell in this world, temptations would come, trials would come, but what is paramount is our response to it. Thank God for the bible which is a guide for all believers in overcoming temptations.
1 Corinthians 10:13 King James Version 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. In as much as we are faced with temptations in our everyday lives, we should also understand that God can’t tempt us beyond what we can bear. There is no much temptation that can befall you that you can’t bear! God knows you’re equal to the task,that’s why he let it befall you. Than you so much ma
Most Bad things are always the sweetest that’s why it’s enjoyable doing bad than good but thank God for the divine word of God to help us and serve as our day to day guide
we will surely be tempted as human but our ability to overcome the temptation is what will make us a christian. we should alawys for grace from the lord to be able to avoid temptations.
Overcoming temptations no matter how big or small they appear to be is never an easy one. Most times, we make promises and vows to God and to ourselves to never give in when they come but when they do, the strong urge to indulge in them makes us give in and we end up having that feeling of guilt, shame and disappointment which comes with giving in to temptation. I have learnt in my years as a believer that overcoming any temptation is not by one’s power or might but by God’s grace and the power of His Holy Spirit dwelling in us. Like you rightly said, Ma, it is His spirit who helps us make the right choices and decisions in life and gives us power to overcome that temptation when it comes. Thanks a lot Ma for this inspiring and wonderful piece.
It’s true that addiction begins with the choices we make. We make bad choices in life and it affects us but when we make such mistakes we should turn back and rethink. When I make bad decisions, I try to recollect and correct my mistakes. Nice one Ma.
the bible was direct when it said flee from unrighteousness. when it comes to sin, there is no compromise, you are either obeying God or dinning with the devil. when temptation comes, we should not only look at the deceiving pleasure it promises but also remember the headache, disappointment and fear it will bring much later in our lives. sin is pleasurable only before the punishment comes.
i believe that when temptation comes, i should always bear in mind that doing the right thing is more important than compromising on sin. when it comes to God, he expects us to follow his instruction and do the right thing even when it seems that sin is more glamorous than obeying the word of God. if we always remember doing right, we will stand a better chance of being better Christians.
Before i believed that the way to avoid and fight temptation was to pray and sometimes even after praying, i still end up doing what i prayed against. this post has taught me that to overcome the daily temptations we face, we have to understand that for every situation, there is only one option: doing the right thing. if we ever forget this, we will end up as dogs constantly returning to our vomits.
Temptation is a device adopted by devil to lead us out of God and into sin. Satan knows that temptation is the only means through which he can make sin appear desirable to us. He also knows that it is only through sins that man could be detached from God. He dares not attack man who has been attached to God, so he wants to detach man first and make him an enemy to God. We should therefore be aware of devil’s devices which he applies daily to entice us into sin. We should pray fervently for the grace to make right choices and conquer temptations when they come.
No one is above temptations, sometimes God allow temptation to come our way just to test our faith and sometimes our desire and urge necessitate temptation. People are most times lured into temptations by their desires and urge but in order to overcome this, we have to be connected to God’s word and also very prayerful.there is no benefits for sin, sin only brings regret, emptiness and so many other damages to our lives.Lord give me the power to over temptations when it comes my way.
It is indeed worthy of Christian to know that temptation is inevitable. It is something that must always happen, but our ability as individual to resist it shows how Christlike we are becoming.
It is worthy of Christian to know that temptation is inevitable. It is something that must always happen but our ability to resist it shows how Christlike we are becoming
the bible says pray endlessly. in times of temptation, we should pray to almighty God for triumphal only him can help us to overcome temptation
Temptation is something that just happens, even Jesus the son of god was tempted, so who are we not to be, the main thing is we should always be ready to handle it the right way, i pray that when temptation comes we will be able to withstand and handle it with the help of God
James 1:14 has said it all ( we are all tempted by our own desire and when this desire is conceived, it gives birth sin).
Our only desire should be to always aspire to do things in ways of the lord and by of doing this, God will be the ONLY IDEAL CHOICE.
AM BLESSED AND LIFTED WITH THIS PIECE, ALLELUIA!!
What I do when I find myself in any kind of temptation is to sing praises to God and ask for His help and before I know it all my problems will be solved. These has always worked for me and I believe it can work for someone else only if you can give your live to Him and believe He is your saviour
Jesus should be your number one option when temptation pokes its head, Jesus is the way, truth and the life
In the times of temptation, I only pray,and look up to God for guidance.
I can never that life without Christ is crisis. In every situation, in all condition, God had promised to always be by our sides to guide us, to lead in the times of tribulations. He had promised to captain us through the storm. So, in times of temptations, what do I know I’ll do to get my self out it, if not to pray, and look up to God for assistance
In the times of temptations, I know I can’t handle them alone, without the help of my creator. I remember the powerful prayer that Christ taught us: Our Father. In the finishing verse it read “…lead us not into temptation…” I also remember we can also hold God on his words. So in the time of temptation, I never fail to say this prayer.
It nailed it towards living a life that is pleasing to God and also communicating with God for guidance.May God reward you for this message
Temptation is one of those things we encounter almost everyday of our life. teachings have made us to understand that temptation is a way God tests our faith and trust in him. it takes the grace of God to conquer temptations. we have to be conscious of our actions at all times because that is the only way to be cordinated enough to know when we are being tempted. temptations can come in various ways; we are often tempted to tell lies, give the wrong advice, do the wrong things, go to the wrong places and even to treat others badly and a lot more.
As christians, we should always remember to make it our daily prayer point to ask God for the grace to conquer all our temptations. and secondly, we should be conscious enough to listen to our conscience at all times.
above all, when temptations come, the only option we have is to do the RIGHT and nothing but the RIGHT.
In temptations, my options is/are to resist by God’s grace. It truthfully is hard but with Grace, its makes way of escape. Overcoming temptation may not seem easy but decision to helps a major deal.
Jesus Christ should be our role model when temptations comes our way. For there is no one on earth that do not face one temptation or the other. But in all, we must realize that the only way to overcome temptations is by knowing your place with God, and be grounded by the word of God. Thank you ma, the Lord is your strength.
When we are faced with making choices in life, we shouldn’t get confused about making the right choice. We only have to look up to God because He is the author of our faith. When temptations come, we only need God to help us through it all.
I have no options but option, which is to resist it and literally flee. No matter how enticing, i choose not to succumb to them. Not by my own strength but by Grace which is made available by my asking/praying. For the Bible says ‘ Watch and pray’
Well my answer to what are my options when temptation comes is that ill call on God to intervene and also see to it that i try as much as possible to resist the temptation, because with God every thing is possible.The portion of the post that got me is “Temptation glamorises sin but after the deed is done, what is usually left is regret and emptiness. The latter leads to endless repeat performances in search of elusive fulfillment. We don’t need to learn from experience that sin is deadly. We can see it in the Bible and the lives of people around us who are trapped by alcohol, hard drugs, sex, etc. Many of these addicts started by choice until they were overpowered by sin.” Thank you ma for sharing this post i really appreciate.
Temptions are to try our faithfulness to God and God has made his grace available to us to withstand them the only option i have when am tempted is to flee as did Joseph in the Bible and meditate on the word of God
We should not panick when we face temptation. When our lifestyle is good in the presence of God, He will always help us to resist temptation.
“no option for Christians than the right”. This is the summary of the solution. In the time of temptation, just be the right person as a Christian.
As humans, we are sure that temptations will come just as we are sure that night will come. What matters is whether we allow them to overshadow our Christian life or otherwise. Once we apply our Christian belief, we would be right.
Choosing the right no matter how tempting the wrong could be helps us avoid sin which leads to death,this is what I learnt today and I won’t forget to apply it in my dealings. God bless you ma
Temptations are natural occurrence; often times God does use such means to test our faith and trust in Him just like in the case of Job from the Biblical account. Christians should pray to God for perseverance during temptations. Most temptations are accompany by devil, we should not be overcome by evil but we should overcome evil with good.
Temptations are inevitable. But there is a saying that whatever comes to a man is equal. so, its no left for us to decide if we wil rule our temptation or otherwise. when you are being tempted, do something that will distract you, like praying.
“The world makes us feel it’s not cool to live the way we do, it makes us feel we are missing out on so much excitement and pleasure. But believe me, what we are missing is mostly filthiness, heartache and disappointment.” This line caught me because it is what every youth pass through especially those that have a good spiritual life, were brought up in Godly manners but after mixing up with people that engage themselves in such sinful acts, they start to think twice. it is just left to you to decide on which one you want to follow, satisfy the flesh or continuing to feed on Gods words and not fall into temptation.
Succumbing to temptation yields nothing but regret, emotional torture, and a conscience battle. We should always pray for God’s shield and protection.
For us as Christians there is no option than the right… As the Bible further admonished that We should abstain from all appearance of evil, and those sins that so easily beset us..
Reading further, God now assured us that the temptation would not be as such that we can’t bear, He further assured us that He wld provide a was of escape… But as Christians we shld not forget this…..”there is no option than the right”. Thanks Ma’am
Overcoming temptation is not usually easy but our stand in God’s word can help. Also trying to avoid those vices that will make us fall is necessary. I pray that we will be enabled to do His bidding at all times. Bless u ma.
We temptations comes what do we do? this story really look at the respect to living out our faith, I think the best thing to do when temptation comes is to flee entirely from it, because when you try to argue about it, that is when the bad spirit will come into you to give you some reasons like,your are an ordinary human being, all has sin and fall short of the glory of God, after all who knows who will go to heaven. Stop obeying the word of God because you want to go to heaven, obey it because you love and acknowledged him as your lord and personal savoir.
Tempting situations arise every day and every where which is why we must be armed with word of God or get ready to flee if need be.
Temptation brings regrets and leads to sin. It comes in many pleasurable ways. As human beings, we are bound to be tempted and its only by the grace of God and by living a prayerful life that we can be prevented from being dragged to sin or worse still, a sinful death.
This story teaches us to make right choice s and God makes it easier for us when we believe in him. Wrong choices lead us to sin and regret. As christians this story admonishes us to avoid temptation.
As Christians we must learn how to overcome temptation, because we will be tempted. But, by God’s grace, we can overcome temptation. So there are usually no choices when these temptations come, All we have to do is do the right thing
Nobody is above temptations because even our master was tempted thrice . When we find ourselves in this sort of condition, we should learn to look past the gain and think about the concequence of that action.
“Temptation glamorises sin but after the deed is done, what is usually left is regret and emptiness.” Great point!
Praise God! May He keep us safe from evil in Jesus’ name.
Temptation is a necessary challenge in every christian life,it is a test of our faith in God and to overcome temptation choices are being made whether to fall or overcome it ,the choices made to overcome temptation are usually hard and difficult to make so it requires the grace of the almighty to overcome temptation
The word temptation is inevitable in human life but the ability to withstand it makes you a strong person and child of God.when you were facing with temptation all we need is holy Spirit of God to guide us because human beings are weak.
In our diverse field of life temptation is a normal phenomenon, an everyday occurrence which we must strive to overcome. It’s not by our power, it’s not by our might, but by his grace and infinite mercies we’ll continue to overcome.
temptations are always ready to knock on the door…. But with the Holy Spirit on our side we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus
There are not many or rather no option for those in Christ Jesus than to let the holy spirit lead and direct them, help them overcome temptations and take the right decisions.
NEW DAWN GREETINGS TO YOU MA
This is a very serious question that should be answered you can overcome temptation if you want to and with the help of God
can i answer the question please? my option is to do the RIGHT which is honourable in the sight of God
When one is in the bondage of sin, he seems to consider the wrong things as being right. But when u are a new creature there’s no need because we accept what God loves and rejects what he hates.
Accountability helps us avoid sin. When we are accountable to both man and God it helps us overcome temptation.
Temptation leads to sin but it is not sin. God has given each and everyone of us grace to overcome sin. One of the ways of fleeing from temptation is to run physically. We can also pray our ways out of temptation.
Sin is a very dangerous things. When someone is tempted to sin there’s these thoughts that do conflict in one’s mind. One will tell you to “go ahead, there is no problem” while the second one will tell you not to. At this time around, if you’re not deep-rooted in Christ and always filling yourself with the word of God, you will be deceived and ignorantly succumb to the first thought. And when you must have done that, it leaves you with nothing but regrets, shame etc.
Therefore, We need God’s grace always for us to overcome all temptation and make the right choice.
Thanks you ma for this right-track leading post.
Man is prone to temptation at any time of his life but it takes the Grace of God to overcome them. That is the reason we should always cling to God to help us with the strongwill to overcome them when they come our way.
I ve seen a lot of people battle with indecisions and the fear of making wrong choices.. I dont know who needs to hear this, God is always there to show you the way, to listen to your prayers and guide you through the Right path .. Its never too late to seek Gods face…. Remain blessed
As a Christian it’s good to have a good relationship with God, because it will help guide you in time of temptation, it’s not always easy to resist the devils choice because he always provides it a the right time but a trust me you won’t like it after you’ve made your decisions, that’s why it’s always good to wait on God
All we need is the grace of God because difficult times present us between choosing the wrong path and the right path and the wrong path always appear so convincing. Almighty father we seek for your abundant grace to help us stand firm and do your will always.
It is funny how we want to be like someone else, whereas the person we are wishing to be like also wish they can be like us.
I won’t pretend that there is no such thing as temptation because even our Lord Jesus was tempted in the Bible. Though, I feel that there are some things that should be totally avoided in order not to get tempted, for example, here in the campus we see several girls using big(expensive) phones that they can’t afford because most of them are coming from poor families, yet, we see most of we Christians being so jealous and tempted to get the same phone even if it means sleeping around to get it. Therefore, I believe one of the ways of avoiding temptation is being contented with that which we have.
I would love to add One of my favorite passages of the Bible which has been a guide to me; HEBREWS 4 VS 15
Berean Study Bible
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin.
In all I thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit.. and grace for prayer.
Thanks ma.. this is an encouragement, if you don’t mind I would like to listen to the song you talked about in the story…???
There are so many temptations in our daily lives that it seems we are bombarded with it from every waking moment. But thank God, who has give us guidelines in his Holy Book so we don’t have to wonder. All we have to do is trust God and do exactly what he says in the Bible.
It’s when someone becomes a believer that the real temptation comes in, because those things you were doing before that was not good in the sight of the Lord may start attracting you again but as a believer you are expected to overcome all of them because you have received the power to do so and the knowledge of the word of God will also help greatly in overcoming, temptation is the weapon of the devil to lure us away from righteousness but by the power of God we can overcome every temptation.
Thank God for Jesus who died and redeemed us. Thank God we are saved. Thank God because now I know God has given me the strength to overcome temptations. That even though in the face of that sin that seems to be my weakness, he will give me the strength to say NO!
In as much as we live, temptation will surely come. It’s inevitable, but accepting and trusting in lord Jesus christ will help us overcome them.
This post is telling me to stop hiding behind God will understand or forgive. We need to make a conscious effort towards living and overcoming temptation
May God help us to overcome these temptations in Jesus name…Amen