Toppling Temptation


No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.

1 Corinthians 10:13

Isn’t it interesting that something that is greatly tempting to us could have absolutely no urging to another person? Our temptations are unique to our own desires and lusts. The struggles with temptations are a real part of the Christian journey.

Some of us have a difficult time moving past our temptations. Yet we know that Jesus was tempted at every point that we are—except He never sinned (Hebrews 4:15). This gives us hope because we are given power from the Holy Spirit to not sin when we are tempted. Use T-E-M-P-T as a road map to guide you towards victory over your temptations.

T – Turn your focus away from the temptation to focusing on God’s power. (Colossians 3:2)
If we focus on our temptation, we give it power over our minds. We need to divert our attention more so on the power of God to deliver us from temptations.

E – Engage your spirit, mind, and body with other activities. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
We are most tempted when we aren’t keeping a healthy balance of our spirit, mind, and body. Disciplining ourselves gives us a renewed vigor in moving past our temptations.

M – Make yourself open and accountable to godly counselors and/or mentors. (James 5:16)
God will provide godly people to encourage us if we are willing to be vulnerable and honest with our struggles. Their testimonies inspire us to move past temptations to the next level in Christ.

P – Pursue your God-given dream intentionally and purposefully. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
When we are filled with our God-given purpose, everything that hinders us is more easily ignored or avoided. The Spirit of God will reignite our hearts when we seek Him with all of our hearts.

T – Take notice and action when you see God’s way out of your temptation. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
There’s always an exit door out of temptation for those who follow after Jesus Christ. If we would just take the way out, we can experience the fruit of victory so that strongholds are broken in our lives.


Dear Lord, I no longer want to focus on the temptation but instead focus on You and Your power to make a way for me to escape. Amen.

In His Service,

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