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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 6251 temptation, resisting
6251 temptation, resisting

6251 temptation, resisting

Being tempted is not in itself a sin. Sin arises when believers give in to temptation. Scripture urges believers to resist temptation, and gives them encouragement to face it.

Encouragement to those facing temptation

Jas 1:12 See also Ro 8:37; Heb 2:18; Heb 4:15-16; Jas 1:2-3; 1Jn 4:4

Finding in God and his word resources to overcome temptation

Da 11:32 See also Pr 2:1-2,12-15; Mt 6:13 pp Lk 11:4; 1Ti 6:11-12; Jas 4:7

Practical suggestions for overcoming temptation

Overcoming temptation through prayer Mt 26:41 pp Mk 14:38 pp Lk 22:40 See also Mt 18:8-9; 1Co 7:5

Overcoming temptation through personal discipline Heb 12:4,7; 2Pe 3:17

Encouragements to resist temptation

Gal 6:1; 1Th 5:22 See also Pr 1:10-15; Ro 6:12-14

Examples of those who did not give in to temptation

Job 1:22 See also Ge 39:7-10; Job 2:10; Jer 35:5-6; Da 1:8

Jesus Christ resisted temptation

Mt 4:4 pp Lk 4:4 See also Mt 4:7 pp Lk 4:12; Mt 4:10 pp Lk 4:8

See also

4126Satan, resistance to
5598victory over spiritual forces
8326purity, moral & spiritual
8454obedience to God
8493watchfulness, believers