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The 4 Steps to Take When You’re Facing Temptation

When facing temptation, what do you do? Temptation can be difficult to avoid, but these guidelines can strengthen you spiritually and help you be more aware of what the Bible says about temptation and sin.

1) If you are facing a situation where you don’t feel comfortable or you have a bad feeling, first you should pray. The Bible says:

If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to all people, so He will give you wisdom (James 1:5).

2) You should evaluate the fruit (the outcome) of what your choice would be. Is it beneficial to your faith or will it lead to destruction and regret?

The truly righteous man attains life, but he who pursues evil goes to his death (Proverbs 11:19).

The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked bring shame and disgrace (Proverbs 13:5).

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death (Proverbs 14:12).

3)  Know the company you keep. This is a VERY important point and I have a lot to say about this! If you surround yourself with godly, uplifting friends, you are more likely to blossom in your walk with God. On the other hand, if you are hanging out with the wrong crowd, they can corrupt your behavior.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God (Psalm 92:12).

My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. If they say, ‘Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood, let’s waylay some harmless soul, let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; throw your lot in with us, and we will share in a common purse’–my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths for their feet rush to sin (Proverbs 1:10-15).

If you are being pressured, evaluate the people you are with. If they respect you and believe in alignment with your beliefs, you can strengthen one another.

As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend (Proverbs 27:17).

Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

If they are misleading you, pray God will allow you to be a light and also for God to bring positive, godly friends to encourage you and to walk with you. At first it may be hard to say no or to do the unpopular thing, but Jesus is watching and is on your side! You are never alone!

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).

The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out (Proverbs 13:9).

4) In any situation in which you’re being tempted, remember that God will always give you a way out!

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

In the end, it will pay off to not give into temptation and you will be glad you didn’t! God says to ask for His help and He will guide and lead you. If you are struggling with a certain issue or are unsure what to do next, ask a mentor for prayer and guidance. Always make sure you pray and seek God’s counsel as well!

PI readers, do you have prayer requests regarding temptation or friends who need prayers? 🙂 We are happy to help!

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  1. Lgraham

    Posted by Lgraham on June 16, 2018 at 23:12

    Please Lift Me And My Family Up In Your Prayers. God Has Delivered Me From Drugs and Alcohol.I Would Like To Finish My Degree In Addiction Study and Counseling, but Fear Of Failure Always Arise In Me.It Tells Me That I Can’t Obtain My Reading Comprehension Nor Memories. Also, Pray That God Would Open Up A Door To Use My Experience Of Addiction In A Paying Job, So I Can Support My Family.

  2. Laura

    Posted by Laura on May 17, 2013 at 15:48

    Please pray for me. I have to fight temptation of lust…I realize what it is called now. Pinpointing it, I pray that God will give me the strength to rise above and resist it and put my trust in Him.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by youmakemesmile on December 9, 2012 at 19:59

    This honestly helped me so much. Thank you Nicole and the rest of Project Inspired for all that you do to make a difference in the lives of girls like me <3

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Aubrey on October 10, 2012 at 20:58

    This was very helpful to me. I really appreciate this website and all it stands for. Thanx 😀

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by cheesecakelover110 on April 28, 2012 at 16:53

    This really helped. Thanks. Man, I love this website!

  6. loveaubrey

    Posted by loveaubrey on April 20, 2012 at 05:18

    thank you sooo much this has great advice about temptation!!!!!!!

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by poochker on April 16, 2012 at 09:18

    A guy I know is not a Christian, or any religion. He tries to prove religions are wrong. He is nice and he occasionally talks to me, so please pray for my strength. Please also pray that he gets to know God.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by JennaBel on April 14, 2012 at 18:38

    I love these ideas!!! This is a great list that will help in the future!! Thank you 🙂

  9. Paris

    Posted by Paris on April 14, 2012 at 11:12

    I love it. Temptation is so strong,but Jesus resisted it for days in the desert when satan came to tempt him. If He can do it,I can too.