How do we overcome temptation?
You need to recognize the temptation. Meditation on word of God as it is so important the sword of the Spirit.
Be lead by the Holy Spirit and keep the word of God.
We need to put the word of God inside our heart so that we can detect the temptations. Satan only duty is to destroy everything - to discourage us being Godly.
Do not depend on one verse only and never interpret only one verse. As we study, we need to also know the context of all verses.
In reply to Satan temptation, Jesus used the book of Deuteronomy:
First temptation He used
Deuteronomy 8:3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
and the second
Deuteronomy 6:16 Do not put the LORD your God to the test as you did at Massah.; for the third
Deuteronomy 6:13 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.
Satan is the prince of this world he would offer the world to you if you worship him. Do not love the world or anything in the world
Matthew 16:26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
We need to please God in all that we do.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jesus is our supreme example and He overcome the temptations, we can do all things through Christ as He overcome the world. Jesus depend on the Holy Spirit and so follow the example of Jesus.
We need to be prepared by the scheme of the enemy.
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.
What good it is if you gain the world but looses your own soul?
To fear the Lord and serve Him only. What does it mean in fearing God?
To take God seriously.
Don't think that Satan will not come back if you overcome the temptation, never relax and stay on track because Satan will come back to give you more powerful temptation.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.
As we face the NEW YEAR 2011 We should never be tired of doing what is RIGHT. If you are tired, I encourage you with this acronym "tired".
- T - tell it to God - be honest to Him and share all your concerns.
- I - increase your faith - how? Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
- R - refresh your Spirit - ask God to fall a fresh upon you.
- E - endure / continue - stay on track and do not give up.
- D - do it with God - I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who gives me strength.