Our Spiritual Muscles

Remember that God never lets you face temptation that is beyond your ability to say “no”

Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Self-Control Muscles – Part III

Scripture Reading: Titus 2:1-15

Key Verses: Titus 2:11-12
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.

The great enemy of self-control is temptation. Temptation pulls at us trying to get us to do things that we know are not good for us.

We do not like to think this, but the truth is we want to cave into our temptations. If we did not want what temptation was offering, it would not be a temptation. Temptation is evidence that our flesh wants it, even when our inner spiritual side does not want to sin against God.

Unfortunately, no matter how much we pray or read our Bible, temptation still attacks us trying to drag us away from our resolve to follow the Lord.

We can strengthen our self-control when we better understand temptation.

First, we are not terrible people simply because we face the temptation to do terrible things. The Bible tells us that Jesus Himself faced the temptation to do terrible things, but He never crossed the line to sin (Hebrews 4:14-16).

The devil enjoys not only tempting us but making us feel guilty that we had the desire to cave into the temptation.

Second, the Bible reminds us that God never lets us face a temptation that is beyond our ability to say “no”. We have all said “I just couldn’t help myself”. If we are Christ-followers, that statement is simply not true. The Bible says:

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT)

Even when you fail, you strengthen self-control muscles when you say “I didn’t have to do that, I chose to do it”.

Finally, the Bible reminds us that He that is in us is stronger than he that is tempting us (1 John 4:4). And if we resist the devil and his temptations, he will flee from us (James 4:7).

We can have victory over all our temptations as we exercise our self-control muscles.

Father, please remind me during my moments of temptation that I can have victory over the evil one’s lies. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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