5 Ways The Devil Tempts Us & How To Overcome

Learn how to resist temptation in a wildly evil world.

Christian or non-Christian, we are all tempted every day in many different ways. But instead of feeling weak and helpless, there are things we can do to win at spiritual warfare. Here's what you can practise when you realise that Satan is using underhanded tactics to lure you to your destruction.

He lies

"He was a murderer from the beginning and had nothing to do with the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the Father of lies." -John 8:44

Just as he tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, Satan tempts us every day. But today his lies are sophisticated and promise us the easiest way to more money, power, fame and pleasure. But there is no happiness in greed. Our only happiness is through the Word of God.

He instils fear

"But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken" - (Matthew 12:36).

Put others first

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." - John 14:27

All your sense of unworthiness and not being enough comes from Satan. He instils doubt and fear in us and makes us question God's unfailing love for us. This is why throughout the Bible, we are reminded to trust, have faith in God and never to fear that God has a plan for us.

He stands in the way of forgiveness

"Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. What I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, to keep Satan from gaining the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his designs." -2 Cor 2:10-11

Real freedom comes from living in Christ, and a big part of that means forgiving and being forgiven. Without forgiveness, we cannot heal and move forward, and we stay stuck in the grasp of bitterness and pain. The devil says to take revenge, but that never leads to joy. God's plan is the only real way to peace.

Prevention is better than cure. This also applies to sin in our lives. The first line of defence against sin is to avoid it at all costs. But sometimes our human weakness causes us to fail, and we stumble into sin. Overcoming temptation may not look easy, but when you cultivate the habit of prayer, you can leave it all in his hands. We must learn to always be prepared for spiritual battle and to encounter temptation, but also to fill our minds, hearts and every action with God's word. All the answers we seek are right there. Above all, when we regularly confess the Eucharist we are healed and being spiritually healthy is the best way to keep the devil out of our lives.

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