Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.’ (Proverbs 24:16 NIV) Becoming spiritually mature is a lifelong process.
Overcoming temptation 2 of 2
‘I have given you …[physical and mental strength].’ Luke 10:19 AMP
Here’s a plan for victory:
- No matter how often you fall, get back up! ‘Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.’ (Proverbs 24:16 NIV) Becoming spiritually mature is a lifelong process. It happens every time you turn to God in weakness and allow Him to do for you what you can’t do for yourself.
- Don’t deny it, deal with it. ‘The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.’ (Psalm 34:18 NAS) God always responds with grace to a repentant heart. He’ll meet you at your lowest point, walk with you through the valley of regret and repentance, and bring you out stronger.
- Write down what you’ve learned through temptation. As you reflect on it you’ll see what needs to be ‘transformed by the renewing of your mind.’ (Romans 12:2 KJV) And be sure to write down new habits you want to integrate into your life—prayer, accountability to a friend, Bible reading and memorisation, identifying weak spots, and watching yourself more closely.
- Use what you’ve learned. Jesus told Peter: ‘Satan has received permission to test all of you… But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith will not fail. And when you turn back to me … strengthen your brothers.’ (Luke 22:31–32 GNT) Let today mark a new beginning by using what you’ve learned not only to avoid falling again, but to help others facing temptation.
- Believe you can walk in victory. Jesus said, ‘I have given you… [physical and mental strength…] over all the power that the enemy [possesses].’
Get rid of your ‘I can’t’ attitude, and draw today on God’s strength.