Bible Society of South Africa

Eternal Wisdom – Day 22

God strengthens faith - Part 3
- By resisting temptation
- Through total surrender to God

Bible text(s)

The Temptation of Jesus

1Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the Devil.

Matthew 4:1GNBOpen in Bible reader

10Then Jesus answered, “Go away, Satan! The scripture says, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!’ ”

11Then the Devil left Jesus; and angels came and helped him.

Matthew 4:10-11GNBOpen in Bible reader

13Do not bring us to hard testing,

but keep us safe from the Evil One.’

Matthew 6:13GNBOpen in Bible reader

11Put on all the armour that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil's evil tricks. 12For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age.

Ephesians 6:11-12GNBOpen in Bible reader

7So then, submit to God. Resist the Devil, and he will run away from you.

8Be alert, be on the watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams round like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9Be firm in your faith and resist him, because you know that your fellow-believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings.

1 Peter 5:8-9GNBOpen in Bible reader

Testing and Tempting

12Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him. 13If people are tempted by such trials, they must not say, “This temptation comes from God.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14But people are tempted when they are drawn away and trapped by their own evil desires. 15Then their evil desires conceive and give birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

James 1:12-15GNBOpen in Bible reader

12Sin must no longer rule in your mortal bodies, so that you obey the desires of your natural self. 13Nor must you surrender any part of yourselves to sin to be used for wicked purposes. Instead, give yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life, and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.

Romans 6:12-13GNBOpen in Bible reader

15So be careful how you live. Don't live like ignorant people, but like wise people. 16Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days. 17Don't be fools, then, but try to find out what the Lord wants you to do.

18Do not get drunk with wine, which will only ruin you; instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19Speak to one another with the words of psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing hymns and psalms to the Lord with praise in your hearts. 20In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to God the Father.

Ephesians 5:15-20GNBOpen in Bible reader

God gives the means to strengthen faith in the face of temptation.

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