Bible Summary. The devil, nor anyone else or anything, forces us to make these bad choices and yield to temptation. Sin is our choice. Temptation is something that we know is wrong, but our flesh wants to do it anyway. Through obedience to God and seeking His truth, we can overcome temptation. Temptation is not something to play with, but to flee. See below for Biblical advise and commentary concerning overcoming temptation.
Joseph Flees Potiphar’s Wife
Overcoming Temptation by Yielding to God.
The devil, nor anyone else or anything, forces us to make these bad choices and yield to temptation. Sin is our choice. To overcome temptation we must not yield ourselves to be instruments of unrighteousness. Romans 6:13 advises us to yield ourselves to God to overcome temptation.
Romans 6:13, “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”
Overcoming Temptation Through Obedience and Truth.
Temptation is something that we know is wrong, but our flesh wants to do it anyway. The only way to escape temptation is through obedience that comes by continually seeking God’s guidance and truth in what is right and wrong. God’s truth can convict us, nurture us, and inspire us just as a parent does with a child. 1st Peter 1:14 advises us to be obedient children and not continue to yield in ignorance to our former lusts.
1st Peter 1:14, “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:”
Overcoming Temptation Through Fleeing From It.
Joseph of the Bible ended up overcoming temptation by fleeing from it. Potiphar’s wife became to have eyes for Joseph, the servant of her husband. One day she caught Joseph alone and took hold of his garment and asked Joseph to lie with her. Genesis 39:12 tells us that Joseph fled from the temptress to overcome her temptations.
Genesis 39:12, “And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.”