Not Giving In To Temptation

“If the godly give in to the wicked, it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.”
– Proverb 25:26 (NLT)-

What do the godly give in to? Usually they give in to temptation.

Who is this wicked? It can refer to

  1. An evil person
    The verse above compares the godly person (the fountain) and the evil person (the pollution).
    For example, Potiphar’s wife tempted Joseph.
    These days the corrupt may bribe the godly too.
  2. The devil
    The devil may directly tempt the godly.
    If he did it to Lord Jesus in the wilderness, he may tempt every single believer too.
  3. The flesh, the sinful nature in us.
    Many times, it does not take somebody else or even the devil.
    The sinful nature in us tempts us from time to time.

What is the form of temptation?
While there maybe many types of temptation, there is common type of temptation: it comes with the fake reward.
It tempts us to break God’s word with a reward out of disobedience.
The devil tempted Adam  and Eve to eat of the forbidden with the fake reward that they wouldn’t die.
In the end, they did die spiritually and eventually died physically.

How do we handle a temptation to keep the fountain of our heart clean from pollution?

  1. When dealing with an evil person, we can rebuke him/her.
    If it does not work, we can simply walk/run away.
    For example, Joseph ran away from Potiphar’s wife.
    Evil company corrupts good behavior, after all (1 Cor 15:33)
  2. We can use God’s word.Lord Jesus silenced the devil using God’s word.
    We, too, must resist the devil (1 Pet 5:9)
    In addition, we can use God’s word to crucify the flesh.
    As the psalmist said, we keep His word in us that we might not sin against Him. (Ps 119:11)

Let us be strong and not give in to temptation, shall we?

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Posted August 18, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

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