The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.
Let’s continue our journey through the five step journey to conquering the temptations that have been conquering you. Step 1 is to acknowledge your weakness daily. Step 2 is to avoid the wildernesses–those places of weakness that increase your chances of stumbling. Last week we looked at the choosing the escape–the very critical Step 3. Now we’re ready to look at the fourth of these five steps toward defeating the moments of temptation.
During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:3-4
Some people seem to think that yelling “no” at the temptation or at the evil one who brings it is the way that we resist the devil. Not hardly. Just because you say “no” Satan doesn’t immediately leave. No, he hangs around to see if you’re sure. We might say “no” in the moment, but if we keep thinking possibilities or allowing the tempting thought to linger in our minds, our “no” loses strength no matter how loudly we yelled it.
Here’s the truth about temptation—God won’t make the choice for you. God doesn’t tempt you toward sin, but He also doesn’t keep us away from these moments. You have to make a decision to resist temptation, and when you do, He will strengthen your choice, but you have to make that choice and take the first step away from the temptation.
This is why simply spouting Scriptures at the Devil doesn’t work. Some have thought that the name of Jesus works like a magic repellant with Satan, but Satan doesn’t run from the name of Jesus. He runs from Jesus, and from those who really know Jesus and are depending on His strength and sacrifice. Remember there were guys in the book of Acts that tried to use Jesus’ name without really having relationship with Him. Things didn’t go so well in their encounter with the demonic.
Satan doesn’t run away from your words unless their connect to choices. That’s why many “spiritual” people are trapped in sin. They’ve learned the words, but haven’t chosen to live them.
Fill Your Mind with God’s Word so you can make them foundational to choices. Live the book, and when you walk away from sin, rehearse its promises. How about Proverbs 3:5-6? Maybe remember that Jesus said, “I will never leave you…”
Let Scriptures fuel your steps away from the moment. We must learn to flee temptation by running to God!
That’s why Step 4 is to Run with God’s Word.