Each time Jesus encountered the temptations of Satan, he did not yield. He countered each temptation with the truth of Scripture in the power of the Holy Spirit. Christ’s triumph over temptation empowers our own fight against sin. The Bible teaches us to combat temptations by the same Holy Spirit that empowered and led Jesus and by the word of God. This week:

  • pray against temptation daily: in the same way, you pray for sustenance and give thanks for food each day, so also pray against temptation and the work of Satan (Matthew 6:13);    

  • pray to humbly receive God’s grace to resist the devil: in your weaknesses, seek God’s power to stand against temptation (James 4:6b–8);    

  • run the way of escape God has provided: temptation can never trap us because God always provides us with a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13);

  • pray to be vigilant and always on guard because our enemy does not rest in his quest to destroy our faith (1 Peter 5:8–9a).