Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
2 Timothy 4:2
In the previous two article I discussed why we have seasons and seasonal temptation. Now time for some good news! How to overcome seasonal temptation.
1. Renew your mind
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. -Romans 12:2
God’s Word makes it clear that we need to renew our minds. Pray for the renewal and continually be in His Word. It’s not enough to just believe the word. We have to know it.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. -2 Corinthians 4:16
The renewing of our mind has to be a daily practice. Temptation starts in the mind and it’s also where the enemy attacks us the most. The way in fighting attacks on your mind is by the renewal of His Word. You cannot take a thought out of your mind, but you can crowd it with more powerful thoughts. Meditating on scriptures day by day is the way to renew our thoughts to focus solely on Jesus our Savior.
2. “It is written”
“It is written” is used many times in the bible, and it is used the most by Jesus and Paul. Both knew that by quoting the bible they had authority over the enemy.
The book of Luke tells us that Jesus was tempted for the whole 40 days in the desert by Satan. In Matthew 4:1 it tells us of the last three temptations on Jesus by Satan.
When the devil asked Jesus, “If you are the Son of God turn these rocks into bread.” Jesus answered,
“It is written,” ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’
The next time Satan tempted Jesus he actually quoted the bible using Psalm 91. For it is written: “He shall give his angels charge over you and save you.”
Jesus said to him, “It is written again, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”
Satan had the nerve to quote the bible in trying to get Jesus to do what he wanted, but Jesus knew God’s word better.
If Jesus used God’s word to defeat the lies of the devil and to overcome temptation then why shouldn’t we? The only thing is we can’t use God’s word in times of need if we don’t know what is written. We need to be in His word everyday. When Satan quotes a scripture to you, you need to quote one back!
Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. -Hebrews 2:18
3. Pray that you enter not into temptation.
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. -Matthew 26:41
Notice it says to pray you enter not into temptation. Everyone on this earth will be tempted in some shape or form, so praying you won’t be tempted is useless. God’s word does promise that we can overcome any temptation that comes against us by the power of His Word.
When temptation does arise, pray that you can withstand it.
Watch and pray. We need to be watchful of our minds because temptation will begin there. Pray that when that tempting thought comes in your mind that you will be able to cast it down and replace it with God’s word. Praying guards your spirit and will help you overcome temptation.
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. -1 Corinthians 10:13
God will always allow a way for you to escape the temptation. Pray and be in His Word and you cannot fail!
4. Pray excessively in the Holy Spirit.
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. -John 16:13
We have a wonderful counselor and best-friend who abides on the earth with us. His name is The Holy Spirit. He will guide us into all truth.
Praying excessively in the Spirit will give you the power to overcome every temptation.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. -Romans 8:26
This verse is amazing and is enough for me! The Holy Spirit helps in our weakness. When we don’t know how to pray or what to pray He will intercede on our behalf. He will help if we ask and let him. How many times do we need help but can’t put the words into prayer? Jesus calls the Holy Spirit our Helper. (John 14:26) Let him help.