"For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, the reproofs of discipline are the way of life"(Proverbs 6:23).
Many Christians despair that they never see any victory in their life over alluring temptations. They feel powerless, which, in truth, they are. We have no natural power to ward off strong temptations. We need something beyond ourselves, something supernatural. God provided that for us through His powerful Word.
The Word of God was used by God to bring us to faith in Christ (James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23). The Word cleanses His people from defilement (Ephesians 5:26) and is able to build us up (Acts 20:32). The Word provides instruction and correction that enables us to live for God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Bible serves as the sword of the Spirit, which is very helpful when assaulted by temptation (Ephesians 6:18). The Bible is like no other book in all the world. As we read its pages we not only grow, but we grow more powerful to resist temptations.
How can we read the Bible to resist temptation?
1. Read it prayerfully.
God knows our natures, and that we struggle with many things. Ask God to show you particularly relevant Scriptures that will address nagging temptations. Ask Him to provide understanding and a willing mind to obey His word. Confess to God all of your sins and even sinful thoughts (remember our troubles begin in the mind).
Pray for strength to apply His Word when Satan assaults you with temptation. Ask Him to keep you from temptation and to deliver you out of evil (Matthew 6:13).
2. Read it carefully.
We need to give God the time for Him to do His work in our life. But if we rush our time with God, we may miss something special from the Scriptures. Take your time, and meditate on what you read. We should not read it like glancing at the headlines in a newspaper or website. When we take the time to take in God’s Word, He will do His powerful work within us:
"And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the Word of God, which is at work in you believers" (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
3. Read it practically.
We should not read the Bible for knowledge sake alone, but to apply it to our life. When Satan tempts us to covet, we read “you shall not covet,” or “be content with what you have.” When he stirs up anger and resentment, we remember that “love is not irritable or resentful.” Therefore, we should not harbor hostile feelings towards others.
We could go further…but remember to not neglect the Bible in your battle with temptation. The Word works powerfully in our hearts, and will help us gain the victory in Christ.
Posted on Tue, June 14, 2016
by Sam Petitfils