Finding Victory over Temptations
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 13,14; Philippians 4
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Chronicles 14:2-15
In today’s key passage, we are introduced to Asa, one of the kings of Judah. During the first ten years of his reign, Asa followed God and walked in His ways. He did much to reform Judah, and our passage today outlines some of the things he did during these first few years. Interestingly, while his story is not specifically about overcoming temptations, as I read it today I could not help but realize that some of the things he did in Judah can actually show us a clear path to victory over temptations. Every one of us are going to face temptations to sin, so searching for ways to find victory over these temptations is vitally important. Asa’s story today provides us with three key steps to finding that victory.
Removal – “He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.” (Vs. 3) – One of the first things Asa did was remove the items that were causing the people of Judah to be led astray from God. To find victory over temptations, we must first remove anything from our lives that might cause us to sin. For some people, this might mean changing some behaviors. For others, it might mean finding a new job or moving to a different neighborhood. If there is anything in your life that causes you to be tempted to sin, remove it from your life completely.
Preparation – “He built up the fortified cities of Judah, since the land was at peace.” (Vs. 6) While Asa was following God, God gave him and his people peace with all of their neighbors. During this peaceful time, Asa could have chosen to bask in the peace and get lazy, but instead he realized that the peace allowed him an opportunity to prepare. Asa knew that if an attack occurred, it would be too late in the heat of battle to begin thinking about building up defenses, so he began the process ahead of time. He built up the towns and put walls around them with towers, gates, and bars in preparation for an attack that would inevitably come. Likewise, when a temptation to sin attacks us, it will be too late at that point to begin thinking about building our defenses. Instead of waiting for the heat of temptation, we can begin building our defenses now during times of “peace”. When we decide ahead of time what we will do when temptation strikes, we will be better able to defend ourselves from sin.
Prayer – “Then Asa called to the LORD his God” (Vs. 11) A large army from Cush advanced against Judah. When Asa saw the great army, he knew that he was outnumbered. Before the battle began, he cried out to the Lord in prayer, and asked God for victory. Though he was greatly outnumbered, God gave him victory over his enemy. For us, when the temptation to sin strikes, we should also cry out to God. Even when the temptation seems so strong that we do not think victory is possible, we can still go to God in prayer. When we ask God to give us victory over temptation in these moments, we can rest assured that He will deliver us. He will give us the power to overcome any temptation, and all we have to do is ask.
Temptations to sin will always come against us as we walk our Christian lives, and how we react in those times of temptation will define us. When we follow the three steps provided by the story of Asa, we can get one step closer to overcoming these temptations. When we follow these steps, we can find victory.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on June 14, 2014, in 14 - 2 Chronicles and tagged Backsliding, Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Jesus, Perseverance, Religion, Repentance, Sin, Temptation. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.