We all have temptations but overcoming temptations need lot of commitment and discipline. Most of us fall when it comes to discipline.
We do not like discipline or we do not like to be disciplined.
We all think we are perfect in what we are doing but we forget the main aspect that Satan is trying to take hold of what we think is right.
So today let us see how people overcame temptations and were victorious in their life.
Firstly we will see on an individual level from the life of Joseph:
Gen 39:10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
We see that Joseph had a pressure from one side it was not one time but it was continuous. Our temptations are also something like this it pressurizes us to do things the way it wants and not the way we want.
Joseph had a constant pressure from the mistress. The lady spoke to him day by day.
Everyday it was a constant thing that he had to face. It was not one time or once in a week but it was day by day. Let us imagine if we are asked the same thing day by day what will be our reaction. The answer would be we give into the pressure and we do it.
Joseph had a serious temptation and we know that when temptations come it does all things to get attracted. It does everything to take it. The women would have dressed to impress him, she would have done things to get his attention and whatever we think of she would have done it. Now it was the choice of Joseph to give into the temptations or overcome the temptation.
Let us see what Joseph did.
First thing that he did was he hearkened not unto her.
She spoke to him day by day and he did not hear to what she said.
We need deal with the root rather than the fruit.
She spoke to him daily and he did not hear her.
Our first step in overcoming temptation would be not to hear the words that leads us to temptations. We need to run from the words. What we hear will go directly to the heart and it disturbs our heart.
Second things that he did was not to be with her
We might say we will try how strong we are to face the temptations so let us go to the place and overcome and come it’s not possible.
Joseph made sure he will not be in the place where she is.
We need to run away from the place of temptation. We cannot be in the place and overcome temptation. Temptation main goal is to make you do what it wants it will try to make you do either by smooth or tough.
Do we want to overcome temptation and still are we in the same place of our temptation. Let us not be there.
We know what happened to Joseph after he overcome – he was put in the jail but his victory made him to be the next after pharaoh in the whole of Egypt.
Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Now let us see in a different level:
Dan 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Daniel was given a task now this time it was not about temptation but to hold on to what he believed. This is something that many miss.
We give into it because we feel we are not sinning but only thing is we are just deviating on our faith. It’s ok to leave our faith. It is ok to follow their practices, it is ok to just live like them anyhow I am not doing like adultery or fornication or doing nothing but I am silent.
Daniel was one who was holding on to the faith even in the difficult times.
Daniel thought in his heart that he would not defile himself.
First thing that Daniel did was to think in his heart.
If we need to overcome temptations we need to think or decide in our heart that we will not do things that is contradicting my faith.
Daniel thought to himself I will not defile myself. Are we defiling ourselves by following the worldly patterns and procedures and traditions and customs.
Second thing that he did was to speak to the authorities. When we decide we take action so that we will not defile ourselves.
If we need to overcome temptation we need to decide in our heart and to take action accordingly.
Bible gives a clear answer in James 4:7- Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
In the year 2016 let us be over comers of all kinds of temptations at individual level it might be our fleshly desires or it is related to faith let us be over comers and victorious and when we go to heaven let us be prepared to sit in the God’s throne that God is going to give us.