How to Succeed, Avoid Temptation
“Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil”, Matthew 4:1. Notice who led Jesus there: God! You’re in training for your destiny, and a good trainer has one thing in mind—turning flab into muscle. You may say at times, “I don’t know how much more of this I can take,” but God does, it’s only when you look back that you realize you’re handling situations today you couldn’t have handled a year ago. To fight against temptation, you must learn to use what God has already given you: You have the power inside you today to overcome the temptation you’re facing right now. You just need to tap into it. Paul said, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”, Eph. 3:20
One way Satan uses temptation to break you and make you feel weak is by our ignorance of the Scripture. You must study and stay in God’s Word (the Bible) in order to beat Satan at his own game. Three times he tempted Jesus, and he used Scripture to do it! But he didn’t prevail because Jesus knew what God’s Word said—and didn’t say. We’re vulnerable to Satan’s attacks when we know only snippets of Scripture and favorite passages, instead of “the whole counsel of God”, Acts 20:27. Paul writes, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”. 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Notice the order here: God’s Word must first work in you before it works for you! If you want God’s blessing, you must meet His conditions.
Sometimes you may say to yourself, “How long will this temptation last?” Sometimes the Enemy’s attack is short-term and other times it is long-term. Paul had a “thorn” in his flesh, one that wouldn’t go away. Why did he have it? Pride! “Lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me”, 2 Cor. 12:7. Finally Paul stopped praying for an exit strategy and began to understand God’s purpose. “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”, 2 Cor. 12:9. Pride doesn’t necessarily show on your face, but when you’re under pressure it surfaces in your actions and attitudes. Pride originated with Satan: “I will make myself the Most High”, Isa. 14:14. Often the core of atheism is pride: a person with no God plays God. Satan used this strategy in Eden, “God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God”, Genesis 3:5. The key to overcoming temptations is submitting to God and living in daily dependence on Him.
As a small business owner, I have learned that Satan will do everything to tempt to me to give up on my goals for my life and my business. Satan will try to make me see that my business is a failed effort and I should focus on getting a 9 to 5 job or just give up altogether. But, I stay prayed up and stay Bible filled with the Lord’s Word. With God on my side, no weapon formed against me shall prosper. With God, I will be okay and my business shall be a success. Just stay focused on God, let Him lead your life, and see how far you will go in life.
Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience. She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC: Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.facebook.com/FACMBC; www.twitter.com/FACMBC; https://dzimmerman36.wordpress.com