Jan 13, 2017 by Will Maule

Billy Graham: "Fight Temptation With The Truth Of God's Word!"

Many believe that when you become a Christian, temptation will not affect you any longer. Well, this is simply not true, as evangelist Billy Graham points out, as as he advises a reader on how to battle temptation effectively. "Nowhere does the Bible say that we won’t be tempted to sin if we belong to Christ, not at all," writes Graham at The Kansas City Star. "In fact, we may face even stronger temptations once we commit our lives to Jesus because the devil will do everything he can to make us sin and fill us with doubt."

Indeed, we must remember that Jesus Christ himself faced the most horrendous temptation of all. "The Bible says that before he began preaching, the devil tempted Jesus for 40 days and nights, trying unsuccessfully to get Jesus to turn away from God’s plan for his life and follow Satan instead," highlights Graham. "But if Jesus faced temptation, won’t we face temptation also? Jesus, the Bible says, “has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15)."

So, how should we fight temptation? "First, react with truth — the truth of God’s Word, the Bible," urges Graham. "Be clear in your heart and mind what God’s will is, and ask God to help you turn away from Satan’s lies. A friend told me once, “When temptation knocks, I just send Jesus to the door!” That’s good advice."

"Second, react with God’s help. You aren’t the same person you once were; God now lives within you by his Holy Spirit. Turn, therefore, to him for the help you need to fight temptation. The Bible says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful. … He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13)."

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