Summary: Bible study on temptation—what God says about temptation and sin in the Bible (scriptures and verses)

Summary: What God says about temptation and sin in the Bible (scriptures and verses)

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Bible Verses About Temptation and Sin

Quick overview of key scriptures on overcoming sin

 

 

 

Doug Britton, MFT

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Bible verses about overcoming temptation and sin

Draw close to God

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:3-4)

Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. (Romans 6:19-20)

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1-3)

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (Galatians 5:16)

Read and meditate on the Bible

I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. (Psalm 119:16)

I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. (Psalm 119:30)

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

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Think about positive things

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if any- thing is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)

Stay alert

An upright man gives thought to his ways. (Proverbs 21:29)

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak. (Matthew 26:41)

So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert. (1 Thessalonians 5:6)

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise. (Ephesians 5:15)

The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life. (Proverbs 16:17)

Related: Stop, think, pray when tempted

Exercise self-control

Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. (Proverbs 25:28)

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

Therefore … let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1)

Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. (1 Corinthians 6:18)

Related: Make plans to develop self-control

Do not give in to peer pressure

I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. (Psalm 101:3)

Related: Overcoming peer pressure

Ask forgiveness if you sin

He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Doug Britton, MFT

Doug Britton, MFT

Doug Britton, Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist, has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio cohost, and author of over twenty books that show how to apply God's truths in your daily life. (Visit www.dougbrittonbooks.com.)

Copyright © 2019 Doug Britton. Permission granted to print for personal use. (Scripture verses are from the New International Version, copyright © 1984.) See reprint policy.

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