25 Mar KDW-Part 2 of 3: Essential tools against Temptation
Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) March 25, 2019 By Tunde Olugboji Vol 19:11
Series Title: Standing strong against temptation
Part 2 of 3: Essential tools against Temptation
The Bible often depicts temptation and the struggle with sin as a battlefield. Although the battle is not yours, it’s the Lords, you need to have a keen awareness that you are constantly involved in a fierce spiritual battle (Eph 6:11, 13-17). Suffice to add that in waging a successful military operation as a solider of Christ; careful, painstaking preparation is a first critical step.
Preparation starts with watching, praying (Mk 14:38) and studying the word (Col 3:16). Jesus successfully deployed the instrumentality of the word of God, the sword of the spirit, in his altercation with Satan, who moved to tempt him thrice in the wilderness (Mat 4).
Apostle Paul admonished the Corinthians Christian to imitate him as he imitated Christ (1 Cor 11: 1). A good way to prepare for the battle against temptation is developing the habit of imitating Christ by immersing ourselves in word of God, studying, memorizing, and mediating on it. Don’t let it be far from you and don’t be far from it. As the devil throws temptation at you, dig into the word and slice him up with the sword of the spirit. Part of being prepared is being alert and self-controlled (1 Pet 5:8), with an unshakable faith (1 Pet 5:8-9) and being grounded and steadfast (Col 1:23).
As the battle intensifies, growing weary shouldn’t be an option; it is not the time to give up and give in. We need to persevere, persist and continue to resist temptation. In his pastoral epistles to Timothy, Paul reminded the young pastor to “watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Tim 4:16).
The Bible says we should commit whatever we do to the Lord, and by so doing, he will surely establish our plans (Prov 16:3). Fighting temptation involves forward thinking: suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? (Luke 14:28). We need to be flexible in God’s hands, allowing him to guide us, as we present our plans before him, with the firm assurance that he will grant us the desire of our heart and make all our plans succeed (Psa 20:4).
Are you prepared for the battle? Can you persevere? Have you planned and committed your plans to God? Remember that Satan is working ceaselessly 24-7, and he won’t wait for you to be ready before striking, doing that would put him at a disadvantage. He will seek to hit you when you are most vulnerable. Remember he tempted Jesus after the Lord fasted for 40 days and 40 nights “and he was hungry” (Mat 4:2). Guess what he tempted a hungry Jesus with? Food! Yes Food! The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread (Mat 4:3). Isn’t that audacious?
If you were in Jesus’ position, hungry and tired, would you have been able to stand firm? Declare this week: Lord, help me sharpen the sword of the spirit and strengthen my shield of faith. As I prepare, persevere and plan, I am fully persuaded, that this temptation will not overcome me. I shall prevail.