How to overcome persistent temptations?
Week 3 – Take “actions”, I need “help” from others:
Part 7. Join a small group for support. The moment we share our issues even with one person, we take control of our life. Do you belong to a small group at church or have a small group of Christian friends?
Heb 10:25 – Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one other – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Part 8. Enlist one friend to share my struggles. When we have a matured Christian praying with us or for us, we have fellowship in the Holy Spirit and our faith is lifted up. Do you have a matured Christian to help you and to pray with you or for you?
James 5:16 – Therefore confess you sin to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
Eccl 4:9-10 – Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.
Gal 6:2 – Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Part 9. Remember that God is on my side. He has already won. He wants me to win and to live victoriously for him. Remain in Jesus, our hiding place and rock of ages. I believe God will give me what I need at exactly the right time. I don’t need to stress, worry or be anxious while I wait. I choose to rest and trust in God who will deliver and come through with all He has promised.
1 Cor 10:13 – No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
1 Cor 15:57 – But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We end the mini-series “Overcome persistent temptations” here. Temptations can be persistent and weakness can last for years. Even with the power of God in my heart, I may not be able to resist temptations. We can be discouraged as Paul cried out in Romans 7:15-25. Next week, we will look at a related question “Will God forgive me?” I am praying for you.