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Are You Easily Tempted?

Girls, have you ever felt like temptation is everywhere? Well, that’s because it is–but you have the tools to fight back against it!

Temptation is a sub-theme of my upcoming novel, Freeing Tanner Rose. And I feature the following verse:

There has 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 you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

This means God would never allow us to be tempted without the strength to successfully resist. How amazing is that?

I remember one time in high school, a boy–who I thought was cute!–asked me out. I wasn’t allowed to date until I was 17, but I found myself thinking of ways I could still go out with him without my mother knowing.

I could have finagled it. My mother trusted me to go out with my friends, so I could have pretended I was with them. But I then realized that if my mother did find out–and moms always have a way of finding out, don’t they?– that trust would be gone, and so would my freedom. It just wasn’t worth it! I told the boy the truth. And he was fine with it.

All temptation can be resisted. It may not be easy, but it is possible. And that possibility lies in God’s strength and unconditional love.

But that doesn’t mean that Satan won’t stop trying. For as long as people succumb to temptation, Satan will continue to tempt us all.

Don’t forget, ladies, that even our own Savior Jesus Christ was tempted in the desert by the devil:

I urge you to stand strong against temptation. Call upon God to help you find the strength, and walk away from it. You can do it! God made sure of it and He is faithful!

What ways do you feel that you’re tempted? Do you give in to those temptations or do you struggle to fight them?

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11 Comments

  1. martial_artist_for_Jesus

    Posted by martial_artist_for_Jesus on March 9, 2015 at 15:40

    I needed this, T.M. . Thank you.

  2. Eurydice

    Posted by Eurydice on November 19, 2012 at 11:22

    I think we need to distinguish between “temptation” and the dawning of reason and thinking for one’s self…

  3. BabyAnnabel21

    Posted by BabyAnnabel21 on November 19, 2012 at 10:38

    I OWN THE FILM THE CLIP IS FROM!!!!! 🙂 OK, freak out over.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Lovely Niji on November 18, 2012 at 14:42

    Thank you so much for posting this. I feel much better knowing I have a way to control this

  5. Paris

    Posted by Paris on November 18, 2012 at 01:13

    If Jesus can resist temptation,then we can,too! 😀
    That is why I always say the Lord’s Prayer before I sleep. And lead us not into temptation….But deliever us from the evil one.

  6. I

    Posted by I on November 17, 2012 at 14:50

    “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16
    “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by SONshine14 on November 17, 2012 at 14:18

    Thank you so much for this article! I needed that reassurance 🙂

  8. ruthie27064Him

    Posted by ruthie27064Him on November 17, 2012 at 11:17

    Wait, I’m confused. “This means God would never allow us to be tempted without the strength to successfully resist.” Does that mean that we’ve succeeded every time? Does that mean that the times where you think you’ve actually succumbed to sin, you haven’t, because it shouldn’t have actually happened? Does that mean we never succumb to sin? I’m confused!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by lexalexislex on November 17, 2012 at 14:31

      It means that the Lord will always be there to help us say no to temptation. He always provides a way out. Because we are human, we do give into temptation. But even then, God can use those experiences to help us learn to not do it again. Yes, we fail in the area of temptation, but God is on our side and will help and support us to fight temptation! He is so awesome and loving to not leave us to battle it out with the devil on our own!

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on November 17, 2012 at 14:04

      It means you have the “strength” to resist all temptations, but you also have free will to ignore that strength and succumb. No one can say, “the temptation was too hard to resist,” because God ensures that the temptation is not too hard. If it’s too much to succumb alone, then you call out to Him for help, His strength. I hope that helps!

  9. Nicolemariev

    Posted by Nicolemariev on November 17, 2012 at 11:13

    I think the important thing here is to also avoid temptation as much as we possible can. if being online late at night can lead to temptation, then have an internet curfew. If hanging out with certain people (and in certain places) can put you in compromising situations, then don’t hang out with them. I know sometimes we can’t help it, but when we can, we should. Better to avoid it than to risk it and possibly end up giving in. (To be clear, though, being tempted is not sin. Sinning is sin.)