Resisting Temptation When Willpower Won’t Work

By Bennett Rolan – Digital Editor

I am not typically an angry person. I even received the Gentle in Spirit Award as a young Christian camp counselor. But if you scan my browser history, you will find a recently read article titled “Why Has Quarantine Made Me So Angry?” 

And now you know the truth. I am tempted, especially during the past few weeks, to lose my temper with the people I love. But if you are being honest, I imagine you can fill in “Why am I so ______?” with a temptation of your own. 

As we walk through the first weeks of our Genesis study, God not only reveals the origin of our sin, but He gives us insight into how we can crush it before it takes root.  

As an experienced sinner, fighting to follow Jesus, I can confirm that taking a biblical approach to temptation works. 

Recognizing the deceiver

In Genesis 3:1, we meet the serpent, who “was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made.” In the next sentence, the serpent speaks.  

But before we can deal with the temptation, we have to recognize the tempter. 1 Peter 5:8 warns, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 

Ephesians 6:12 reminds us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”   

God not only reveals the origin of our sin, but He gives us insight into how we can crush it before it takes root. 

In Genesis 3:1, the serpent begins by questioning God’s Word, “Did God actually say …?” Today, temptation can begin the same way. As our enemy prowls around, he overwhelms us with questions about God’s character and His promises. “Did God actually say He loves you?” “Was Jesus serious when he said, ‘… anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment?’ ” 

In the busyness of daily routines and the grief of living in a fallen world, the tempter’s voice is easily camouflaged. If we are serious about resisting temptation, we have to be sober minded and alert, in tune with the Holy Spirit’s warnings when temptation begins.  

In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers describes Satan like this:

“Satan does not tempt us just to make us do wrong things – he tempts us to make us lose what God has put into us … namely, the possibility of being of value to God. He does not come to us on the premise of tempting us to sin, but on the premise of shifting our point of view, and only the Spirit of God can detect this as a temptation of the devil.” 

 As the serpent twisted God’s Words and offered Eve “delight” and “desire,” Eve’s point of view shifted. Her focus moved from God to herself. In the next moment, sin was born. 

Standing Firm in the Faith

We all know what happened next. Eve ate the fruit, Adam followed, and humanity desperately needed a Savior. But what could Eve have done differently? Could she have silenced the serpent? 

1 Peter 5:9 tells us to “Resist him, standing firm in the faith …” But what does this look like practically? 

In a commentary by St. Augustine on the book of Mark, he writes, “A temptation arises: it is the wind. It disturbs you: it is the surging of the sea. This is the moment to awaken Christ …”  

To awaken our awareness of Christ, we must seek Him, call to Him and dwell on His attributes. When His Word comes to life, His character washes over us. The reality of God’s nature is more than enough to silence temptation. 

When frustration begins to build, and I turn to God, His mercy and compassion restore peace to my home. If loneliness seeps into the day, we can cling to the One who is faithful and steadfast. When an uncertain future fuels anxiety or fear, we can speak aloud the truth that God is Preserver and Provider.   

In Genesis 3, Eve remembered God’s command, but she forgot His character. In the face of temptation, she lost sight of God as Creator, Sustainer and Protector.  

In the light of the Father, the reality of temptation is revealed. The enemy is laid bare and crushed under the might of our Savior. I am certainly not perfect, but I have experienced the power of God’s character in the face of temptation. 

 When a circumstance provokes my anger, remembering Jesus’ enduring patience reveals another option. Once my awareness of Christ is “awakened,” the Holy Spirit offers eternal clarity. He subdues the wind of temptation and breaks the pattern of frustration. Then, I am free to seek wisdom and choose a new response. This is something we practice again and again, rejoicing in His victories and repenting in our defeat, trusting God to grow us through the battle.  

When His Word comes to life, His character washes over us. The reality of God’s nature is more than enough to silence temptation.

Making it Personal

So, what temptation can you add to the question, “Why am I so ___?” Reflecting on God’s character, which attributes might awaken your awareness of Christ when the deceiver speaks? 

As a helpful tool, we have compiled a list of God’s attributes with definitions. To deepen your Genesis study, take notice when Scripture reveals an attribute of God. Using the list, note verse references when God’s justice, mercy or sovereignty are evident.  

Finally, let us be “alert and of sober mind,” standing firm in the truth that we are not alone in our temptation. St. Augustine closes his commentary by writing, “When your heart is in this troubled state, do not let the waves overwhelm you … let us not despair but awaken Christ, so that we may sail in quiet waters, and at last reach our heavenly homeland.” 

198 Comments

  1. Thank you for the article on temptation_ we are tempted when focus shifts from God to ourselves….and how to overcome_ awaken Christ… really blessed

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  2. I love the awakening Christ aspect. This is new insight for me. Very encouraging and comforting. Thanks so much.

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  3. This message is well said. I will put “why am I so struggle?” in the blank. For me, to be aware of the loss of a peaceful mind is important. Why can’t I simply delight in the Lord always? What are the hidden desire in my inner being. I truly agree with you. Focusing on His Words helps to illuminate our state of mind, and guide us turn back to Him ASAP.

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  4. Thank you so much, I needed to hear this today. I have been a Christian for so long, since birth actually, and believe I have strong faith. I am facing a dilemma which I know is a temptation from the devil himself. This keeps playing on my mind, i don’t even know why am considering it at all?

    I know the devil is putting doubt about what God can do in my mind. I am aware that the devil is convincing me I am making the right decision even though I know it’s wrong. RM 7:19 comes to mind. Ironically, I know what I would say to a friend in my situation. Say “no” to the devil. Ask the devil to flee from you and he would. He is a liar. However, I need prayer, I am under attack because of my vulnerability of loneliness

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  5. I woke this morning from a dream about snakes at my door, there were dozens of all sizes. (Now on my way home last night I saw two snakes on the road where I live.) I had a whip and whipped them to pieces and they were scattered all over the porch, I couldn’t tell if they were dead or alive but they were now in pieces. But then more kept coming. Just like temptation, maybe we think “this little part is okay”.

    This is why we pray because the devil doesn’t rest, but neither does our God.

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  6. To love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves is the summation of the law. While the law of God is good, reveals His character and sets His will before us, there is no power within the law to save. In Revelation 12:7-11, when the devil is cast down, it is because of the blood of the Lamb and the testimony about Jesus. Not a personal testimony about an individual’s experience of salvation, but the testimony of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Only the gospel gives power to save or comfort the sinner. This is a slightly different focus that makes all the difference. Rather than placing hope on methods to avoid sinning, even Paul declares “I determined to know nothing among you but Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2

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  7. Great men has fallen due to temptation.
    Temptation is everywhere, but if we know the Word, we will stand firm on it and follow Jesus example when we are exposed to temptation. Matthew 4 is a very good example for us to follow.

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  8. Adam is the one God told about the forbidden tree. Adam is the one that had direct contact with God. How do we know that Adam conveyed the glory and power of God to Eve? Satan is described as the one that deceived the whole world so why would we expect Eve to resist him? We have the word of God to guide us and portray God to us. Eve may have only had Adams words which may not have conveyed Gods majesty to her.
    Jesus himself said that the days would have to be shortened in Mathew 24 or even the elect would not be saved. I think Eve is the scape goat for sin because Adam had the opportunity to tell her don’t do it and he didn’t. We can resist sin best out of love for God and His will rather than just to follow a law. Satan is a very skillful and deceitful enemy.

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  9. I love this and I’m so thankful I was able to read it! My computer doesn’t work too well.

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  10. I thank you for your comments on temptations. like all Christians we all struggle with our own sin and like ” Jesus says if we don’t say we sin then the truth isn’t in us and we deceive ourselves.” I like the the way you put it when you said “delight and desire” overcomes us for that’s so true we lose our focus on God and his many attributes. You have given me a new way of dealing with my temptations

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  11. God has been gracious and Faithful to my me ,saving and protecting me through painful life experiences.

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  12. Wow. Thanks for that encouraging article. Your sentence stating “This is something we practice again & again, rejoicing in His victories and repenting in our defeat, trusting God to grow us through the battle.” I’m encouraged to “keep practicing” and not give up. God is not finished with me yet!

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    • Sue, you are absolutely right! He is constantly working on behalf of His people. We serve SUCH an amazing God!

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  13. My biggest take away,” awaken Christ”

    Thank you and God bless

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  14. Thank you for this message. It truly Blessed my soul. Remember His attributes when tempted to sin. He is the way out.

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  15. God’s gentle rebuke to Cain we must commit to memory : sin is crouching at the door, it desires to have you but you must rule over it ( Genesis 4 :7, NIV )

    in other words, His Holy Spirit will help us use His Word as the sword to destroy the wile of the evil one

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    • Rebecca, such a great addition and reminder that with the Holy Spirit we can “rule over it”!

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    • I agree. Thanks for sharing that scripture. I marked it in my Bible So that I can reference it when I need to, do that I can remember it.

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  16. One helpful thing to remember when we as Christians are tempted to sin is that we can look for a way out of the temptation. We can do this because God promises a way of escape. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

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    • Lucille, such a great verse to cling to each day!

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  17. Another point of view: First of all Adam and Eve were placed in the garden to rule over all the animals, beast of the field, birds of the air, and all creeping things, etc., and that included the serpent. That means God gave man the ability and commandment to rule over Satan a beast of the field and to recognize all his falsehoods. It states that the serpent was more crafty than all the beast of the field. The word crafty (עָרוּם-arum) Strong’s number 6175 in Hebrew can also be translated as sensible. The serpent’s suggestions were simply a sensible appealed to man to become like God who was already created by God in his image. This allowed man to know the difference between good and evil and be like God. This is a very appealing proposition. In becoming like God there is no concern of the consequence for disobedience. To be like God means you are not accountable to any higher authority over you. Please note that as the serpent spoke with Eve that Adam was with her. She ate and gave it to her husband with her. It seems that Adam was in full agreement throughout the conversation and went along with the deception. We should be reminded of what disobedience brings and its consequences. After the curse that was pronounced on the participates, a life was taken and blood shed to cover Adam and Eve’s shame where before there was no shame. Afterwards, Adam and Eve were driven from the garden and two cherubim with flaming swords whirling back and forth were used as a reminder to Adam and Eve; you missed you’re chance and are not getting back into the garden to eat from the tree of life. The saddest outcome for Adam and Eve by not taking God seriously at his word and not considering the consequences of their actions, is that it broke Gods heart and broke the relationship they had with him. When we don’t address issues we have when we know we have them destroys our relationship with the Creator. The shedding of blood may have atone for Adam and Eve’s sin but not the relationship. God never speaks to them again! What a statement. Let us be more focused on restoring our relationship and less on sin with hopes that it will be atoned for. To seek God’s heart as King David earned him far grater reward than all of his sins.

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    • William, you are absolutely correct. Focusing on our Father elevates our eyes above the sin that so easily entangles. Great reminder!

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  18. The Attributes of God are a Blessing. I share them whenever I have an opportunity.

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    • Jo, I love them too! As we study Genesis, we can even add the list BSF created. He is infinitely awesome!

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  19. Thank you,This is very helpful,I can resist temptation!

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  20. Thank you for this great encouragement!!

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  21. Thank you for your wisdom. These are trouble and dark times. A voice of spiritual direction is always needed and appreciated.

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  22. Very helpful blogpost. Good strategy to acknowledge God’s attributes when we face temptation! Thank you for this reminder! I have Bible verses posted in key areas of my home.

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    • Nan, that’s such a great practice to always be mindful of His Word.

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  23. An amazing way to describe how Satan is seeking to change our perspective and through that I follow temptation.
    Wonderful read.
    God bless.

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    • This is really a good reminder. Sometimes we are naive, forget that the enemy is always looking for a foothold ruin us. Temptations are real and I can I speak from the point of experience.

      May grant us his to stand firm in him, in times of temptations, for the joy of our souls and for the Glory of his name.

      May Jesus be praised

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      • Amen!

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    • I love that Oswald Chambers quote also!

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  24. During such a difficult year, this points us back to the Truth of scripture! Thank you for following the Lord by sharing this message of exhortation and encouragement!

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  25. Thank you for this timely message,may the Lord help me to be always alert to detect the evil schemes of the enemy

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  26. We are constantly tempted by evil forces and love that Christ our redeemer has our back because he value us. I never felt worthy and studying Genesis taught me that he Value all of us. Our sustainer/protector as a FATHER. He is worthy and he promises that he will return back for us to have eternal life with him forever and ever. What a beautiful picture of us dwelling in heaven with our Father in Heaven.

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  27. Such a blessing and encouragement to stand firm on faith. Pray that Holy Spirit countinouesly work in our souls desperately needing to be victories in Christ Jesus in defeating sin and temptation in day after day in this life.

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    • Amen!

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  28. This is indeed a good reminder that temptation is always crouching at your door. It seems so apt that I was feeling this resentment of someone that turning into hatred. If I don’t control this temptation, it will dominate my life. Yes, I need to recognize the the deceiver who always try to deceive us to do the other way that contradict what God wants us to do.

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  29. This was very refreshing, knowing that we are not alone in being tempted but also knowing we have a Savior who knows and understand. Thank you for the reLITY CHECK.

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  30. Temptation is so subtle, sweet and desirable, how easy it is to take your focus off God, and place it on the desires of one’s own heart. Mesmerised by the serpent’s words and the beauty of the luscious fruit.
    In that moment of desire and curiosity, sin is born, we bite in to the fruit and our eyes are opened to the world. A world that will never be the same again.

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  31. This was very helpful, practically speaking, answering the “Yes, but how?” As a long time believer who knows WHAT the Bible says, I often have trouble with applying it to personal circumstances…”yes, I know what God says, but HOW do I do it when I’m being assaulted by temptation?” Thank you for the help!

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  32. Satan sometimes lies to me that i am the only one like _to take from the joy of salvation. Thanks for practical insight to have him crashed under me through awareness of Christ and His Word.

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    • Yes! 1 Peter 5:9 continues: Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
      We are not alone!

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  33. Psalm 3:4.how: to the hurt, the afflicted Psalm 10:17. Cover him with favor as with a shield Psalm 5:13. Ponder anew what the Almighty can do if with his love he befriend you

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    • So beautiful!

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  34. The one thing that you said that really stood out to me was when you get disturbed. Which is really a disruption a clash between the 2 sides. To notice that immediately and to awaken Christ as you said is great awareness and insight for us all.

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  35. Interesting that sin is not only doing the wrong thing but also to loose sight of what GOD has intended for us. Broaden my understanding of sin and how to avoid temptation. Thank you

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  36. I enjoyed reading this blog very much. It brings hope to us as we face anxiety and fear, which can provoke anger and frustration. Focusing on Jesus helps us from sinning and trusting God to provide our needs and sustaining us.

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  37. Thanks for your sharing.
    Definitely “Why am I so __”?
    It’s a question we must ask ourselves more frequently.

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  38. Thank you for sharing your personal testimony and the quotes from O.Chambers and Augustine. Recognizing the voice of the tempter and calling on God to help us discern His voice is the key to tempting situations. Temptation continues to be exposed in Genesis 4:3-7 where we read God’s caution to Cain…”sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you” Cain forgot that he has a loving relationship with the LORD and could go to Him with his anger, frustration, and confusion. Instead we can infer that the tempter was changing Cain’s point of view. “How could a loving God not accept your offering and instead favor your brother over you?” Cain lost the ability to see his value to God. Cain became self-centered instead of God-centered. I know self-centeredness is truly the root cause of all my temptations and Satan uses this to change my point of view. Will I choose to be “awakened to the awareness of Jesus”, my Emmanuel?

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  39. Blessed by this reading. Thank you for quoting the scripture references. Our only weapon against Satan is God’s word. Thank you for the encouragement.

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  40. Really good, an eye opener.

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  41. Great insight there.

    I have to know the command of God and to remeber his character

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  42. Thank-you so much for this timely message. In the midst of our pain and grief, it is so important that we do not allow ourselves to become overwhelmed with all the alarming issues of our day but remember to awaken Christ. He is more than able (more than able) to deal with whatever concerns me today

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  43. Thank you. I have anger issues with the politics of today and with the pandemic. I find myself judging others in ways I am not happy to do. I try to stop this anger from manifesting in me but I fail daily. With this blog I am hopeful that I will be able to resist the anger that comes daily in reaction to all that is happening in the world. The stuff is everywhere and almost impossible not to react to it. I want to stay informed but it draws me in till I am angry. I was reading the blog and as I was, I realized that the one drawing me in is satan. I am going to focus on the vision that I saw in my mind as I was reading. I saw myself sitting quietly on the beach watching and hearing the waves and I felt at peace. I am going to bring myself to that peaceful vision when I begin become embroiled in the world. I will call on the name of Jesus to ask for the Holy Spirit to help me get there.

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  44. Thank you for challenging our faith and allowing us to share the things that in frustrating us during this Pandemic. I am somewhat disappointed with how the Administration Government is handling this Covid-19. I lost my 28 year old beautiful niece to this virus and all the American Government can say is blame China. I thank God for my strength to seek God for answering as to why people are so insensitive to others. I do understand that temptation will always be in the world as long as Satan in on the scene. However, it is up to us not to handle situations on our own and allow the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our path in areas of understanding as to why things happen and to give us the strength to withstand these pitfalls and disappointments in our life. I study the Word of God and meditate and pray daily this is where my strength lies.

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  45. “Why am I so __” this happens to me. Thank you for your blog Bennett.
    “When frustration begins to build, and I turn to God, His mercy and compassion restore peace to my home“ love this words and I prayed when frustration started over me too, I can feel the Lord care about me.

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  46. I was thinking along these lines, but your insight into how to resist temptation was beautifully written and easy to understand. Thank you!

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  47. “Why am I so frustrated?” I am so tired of the pandemic. Temptation is part of our life on earth. By the power of the Holy Spirit, through God’s word and prayers, we can be embraced by God, resist the temptation. God turns us from giving into temptation to be full of gratitude of Him, which leads to joy. This is my experience from the past three weeks. The study of Genesis has opened my eyes and heart to our Father God. Praise the Lord God! Thank BSF for the wonderful Bible study!

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  48. Praise God for sharing your insight ?Thank you Roland ! Struggle against temptation is real. His word says we are more than conquerors and always victorious in Christ . I believe but how do I put it in practice ? As we experience His love , we want to love God by being a overcomer and obeying Him to love others and reflect Him . I often fail …So I seek Him and ask . Praise God , He has been revealing to me how ,lately and your sharing has just confirmed it to me . Thank you loving , gracious and merciful Father ! Indeed , nothing is too hard for you and all things are possible with Christ . I shared this to my Connect group for it is a handy tool

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  49. God is forgiving and clothed Adam and Eve with animal skins.
    His wisdom is revealed in not letting them enter again to eat of the fruit of the tree of life and live in hell because of their sin.There’s a lot more of God but you have give plenty.Thank you

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  50. PRAISE GOD FOR THIS EXTREMELY TIMELY WORD & PRICK TO MY SPIRIT & MORTAL SELF. I’M IN THE MIDST OF ENDLESS ATTACKS: PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, FINANCIALLY, EMOTIONALLY, AND DEFINITELY SPIRITUALLY, FROM FAMILY MEMBERS AT WAR WITH ME AND EACH OTHER, RAPIDLY FAILING HEALTH, DEBT, LOSS OF TRANSPORTATION, VERGE OF LOSING HOME, AND OVERWHELMING DEBTS LIKE SO VERY MANY OTHERS. IT SEEMS AT TIMES THAT GOD’S TOO BUSY WITH WHAT I KNOW ARE CRITICALLY MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS THAN I. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT, AND IT’S OKAY,,,,BECAUSE I KNOW THAT HE TRULY LOVES ME AS EVIDENCED MANY TIMES IN MY LIFE BEFORE. I JUST DESIRE TO BE A MUST STRONGER AND CONQUERING WARRIOR FOR GOD, CONSTANTLY TRIUMPHANTLY VICTORIOUS FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD. NOT IN THE BATTLEFIELD HOSPITAL WARD. SO AGAIN THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND WAKE ME UP MESSAGE TO GO AND FIGHT ALONG SIDE HIM. THE VICTORY HAS ALREADY BEEN WON, THESES ARE JUST THE DEATH THROES OF THE ENEMY BEFORE THE GLORIOUS RETURN OF CHRIST & THE SAINTS OF GOD’S TRANSFIGURATION. LJ

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  51. thank you thank you I ‘ll learn from Eve .who knows God command but but forgot Gods character.
    when I am worried I ‘ll remember Gods words n his attribute to help me stand tall.

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  52. Yes this is extremely helpful and very true. Thank you for the reminder.

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  53. Thank you for the reminder of God’s many and varied attributes. What an awesome God we serve!

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  54. This is so helpful to me. Thank you so much. I will put this into practice, as author said will rejoice in his victories and repent when I fail. God bless you

    I forwarded this to my friends In BSF as well.

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  55. Thank you for this timely word. May we never forget that God’s boundaries are for our good so we can fully enjoy His provisions.

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  56. Easy to tears my whole life, it has become easier to control in this lonely time. I have found that when I lay my head down at night, God is there and he cares when I cry. He cares that I have opinions and insecurities. And He listens and comforts. What joy!!

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  57. Great message. Sin, repeat, repent is so true in everyone’s life. Despite my flaws and imperfection, I thank God for his grace and mercy.

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    • Love the St Augustine quote “a temptation arises… this is the moment to awaken Christ”. Through the power of the Holy Spirit within us, we face and conquer temptation, fear, and frustration. Also love the reminde to dwell on Gods character attributes. He is good!

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  58. What an encouragement it is to be reminded of Jesus’ enduring patience, to seek wisdom and chose a new response.
    I needed this, thank you!!!

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  59. Reading this gave me a new outlook on temptations. It was an eye opener to realize how quickly Satan can redirect our focus from God to ourselves thru “desire” and “delight”. The next minute, sin is born. Thank you

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  60. Really encouraging and rewarding

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  61. “remembered his command but she forgot his character” that is very helpful . I want to remember that and thank you for that.

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  62. I am reminded of Big Daddy Weaves song ,”I know” whose verse “I know that You are so much more than what I leave behind” underscores the abundance that God offers in His attributes. Thanks for the blog—it is indeed what I needed.

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  63. Thank you for this insightful honest reflection on temptation. Oh how I could have used this a few years ago when I made a terrible mistake that still haunts me. Knowing that through God’s mercy, he has forgiven me, but the devil still loves to remind me of my past mistakes. Thanks to BSF, I am a stronger Christian now & am daily maturing in God’s Love & Mercy !!

    God’s Attributes remind me of who He is – EVERYTHING !! Thank You !!

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    • “Recognizing the Deceiver” really
      caused a pause and reflect.

      Thank you!

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  64. Thank you for providing God’s attributes .

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  65. Bennett, thank you for your words about the temptations we all face. Satan is crafty and a twister of God’s pure truthful word. Clinging to His Word and knowing His heart and attributes is a mighty sword to yield in the face of temptation, trouble, and the face of the deceiver.
    May our focus continually be on the Almighty God of all Creation. May the Holy Spirit make us sensitive to deception. May we see God as our Provider, Protecter, and Preserver.

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  66. Thank you so much for these insights into the nature of temptation. I read this after my BSF class meeting where I tried to share the temptation of verbal retaliation in some confrontations. This has been so helpful on how to handle such situations in future.

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  67. Thank you for the attributes to use in this study. Thank you for this. It was a real blessing.

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  68. Wow!! this is a really good reminder. I must have my husband and daughter read blog with me 🙂
    Thank you for letting God used you and sharing your insight with us.

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  69. This was so helpful! Many thanks.

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  70. Thank you so much!!
    Appreciate this much needed focus for everyday and every circumstance of my life!

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  71. Wow! Thank you. I read it after leading my small group. Thank you for this blessing

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  72. Like Eve, I have been deceived. Did God really say He loves you?? Your birth father divorced your mom and you. It’s true you are unloveable…. Your words in this blog, “he makes us lose what God put into us, is so true…I carried this lie my whole life and God’s implanted word ..you are loved, your are precious, treasured and valuable…I denied as Truth.
    The enemy shifted my focus from God to self. I have confessed, repented and renounced self at the center and died to self and know Christ alone is the Rock of my salvation. Romans 12:1…I need to be a daily living sacrifice to my Lord and Savior.
    I am a retired nurse, wife, mom and grandmother of 19. God is patient. GOD IS GENTLE, LOVING, FULL OF MERCY AND GRACE.
    Thank you for the powerful words in this blog.

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  73. The words “Eve remembered God’s command, but she forgot His character,” hit home with me. I too often get caught up in trying to resist in my own strength, and forget that He wants me to trust and rely on His urging. He always leads me the right way if I follow the message of this blog and call out loud to Him when I’m off balance.
    Thank you.

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  74. Thank you so very much, this is wonderful information to have on hand. Blessings

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  75. This is powerful!!! thank you for sharing

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  76. A teaching of the Truth at just the right time in my life.
    Praise God
    Thank you BSF

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  77. Very very good and provides additional insight

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  78. Thank you Ms. Rolan and BSF. This blog was very good. I especially found helpful the acknowledgement that specific methods proved helpful (..and dwell on His attributes) as well as the point of Oswald Chambers that and only the Spirit of God can detect this (the possibility of not being of value to God) as a temptation of the devil. Two salient points in my own struggles.

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  79. Awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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  80. I can’t read this… sooo tiny and grey! Help us seniors read your posts, please!

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  81. I can use a few of these scriptures in my opening prayer on group sharing day!

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  82. This is very helpful. I plan on using it in a future fellowship ! Thank you

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  83. Thank you for the insight of truly what temptation is in our lives! How we can call on our Savior when we feel temptation coming in our life! So we may sail in quiet waters toward our heavenly homeland!

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  84. Thank you for this post. This past week I had just discovered and printed the Attributes of God. There is nothing our awesome God can’t do or handle! During these uncertain times I need to rely on Him even more lest I let Satan use my anxiousness and self doubt against me. I know in whose image I am created.

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  85. I struggle with anger and I read an article this summer that changed my thinking. The author was indicating that anger comes from love, not hate. He suggested that when the anger in us begins to arise, we ask ourselves the question, “What am I loving so much right now that is making me angry”.

    Loving the wrong things, possessions, our status, our ego, our talents, etc can lead us to anger when these things are threatened by others or circumstances.

    We are to love God first.

    Bennett, you article reinforced that for me especially in light of the current study in Genesis.

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  86. This was a great addition to my study of Genesis 3 this week. I would like to thank all the BSF staff for using the gifts God has given you to further His kingdom on earth, for His glory. Praise be to our Creator, Provider and Sustainer!

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    • My anger is rooted in pride, a terrible sin against God. I have nothing to be proud of, I am a dirty rotten sinner saved by grace. When/if I stop and pinpoint this truth in the moment that my anger is sparked it gives me the right perspective and is like water dumped on a flame.

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  87. Thank you. This study of Genesis has been God given at this time in my life.

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  88. This is a note of appreciation to all administrators of BSF, all the writers, all involved with this organization. BSF has meant so very much to me in bringing me closer to my Lord. I’ve been in many Bible studies over the past 48 years, but none has made such an impact on my spirituality like BSF. So this is a huge “thank you” to you all for making your Bible studies accessible to us and making your studies so thought provoking and God inspired. They have definitely drawn me closer to God than ever before. God bless.

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  89. Wow! What a wonderful summary of Genesis 3! It was a refreshing review before our discussion this morning.

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  90. I needed this at this time. Wonderful message. We have to be aware every day that the devil will try to lead us from God.

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  91. Thanks for the GOD’s attributes/resisting temptation…..
    I can use it in my daily life,GOD bless you

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  92. I agree, with Marj, I too Love Oswald Chambers quote, thank you so for sharing, this has enlighten me in relation to my own temptations. I will try to encourage others in with this knowledge .. Be Bless

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  93. Wow, thank you!

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  94. Thank you for this beautifully written helpful insight. I am already using it !
    Mary

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  95. These weekly extensions of the study help feed my growing thirst for understanding God and his word. THANK YOU

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  96. I thank God for using you, Bennet, for writing a very truthful and encouraging article on Resisting Temptation. How I need to know and do it everyday. Thank you!

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  97. Very nice piece. I am blessed thank you very much.

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  98. Praise our loving LORD and SAVIOR! This devotion really hit it home… I have been having struggles in this area and felt like i was drowning and falling into every trap set for me….. But praises to our victorious King LORD JESUS

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  99. I love the statement, “As an experienced sinner, fighting to follow Jesus, I can confirm that taking a biblical approach to temptation works”. Indeed I sin every day and every single hour, but God has provided away out of sin through His Son Jesus Christ. In Him, sin is conquered. I shall not be afraid to bring my sins to Him.

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  100. Why am I so afraid of the future has been my question. But thanks be to God for this eye opener. I must know and never forget the attributes of God. Thanks for sharing.

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  101. This is so timely. Thank you.

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  102. Excellent. Very helpful.

    Blessings!

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  103. Thanks Bennette for this powerful article.

    I have been facing similar challenges and after studying Genesis 3 and in particular Lesson 3, it occurred to me that the subtle lies that the devil puts in my mind.

    To overcome , every morning l am praying pulling down every thought that would exalt itself above the knowledge of Christ 2 Corithians 10:6

    Am seeing the results and am so grateful to God for this revelation.

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  104. Thank you so much for this post, we cannot afford to forget who He is in our lives!

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  105. I read Gen 4:7, hooked, and see the Light now!

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  106. Wonderful reminder, I shall always awaken Christ in me, yes, I have been through a lot of temptations and after studying in BSF, the word of God helps me to grow deeper relationship with Him, and I am more aware of Satan’s scheme , whenever I am tempted, I run to the Lord in my heart and say “ why am I like this…. help me to change into your likeness more and more” !Our faithful God without failing, help me to go through each trials and temptation with His peace and joy ! Jesus has won the battle! We just need to follow Him closely !! Thank you Jesus !!

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  107. I have saved this to go through over and over again
    I am a victim
    God help me

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  108. Thank you for this word. Will be asking myself this question more often than not “Why am I so ______?” . What a powerful and practical teaching. May the LORD continue to use Bennett Rolan and others to open our eyes to the daily temptations we face and how to be overcomers in a practical way. GOD bless you all.

    HIS love and mine,
    Melody

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  109. Genesis chapter 4, God said to Cain, “Sin is crouching at the door and its desire is to have you, but you must master it. Cain failed and became angry. Cain was left as a farmer to a cursed ground, but Abel had a lot easier job as a shepherd. The bible doesn’t say that Cain went out into the field with Abel with premeditation to kill him. The bible doesn’t say that Cain continued to have a fury of anger and killed again. Unfortunately, one time of out of control rage is to much.

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  110. I needed that right now!!!

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    • Thank you for the Holy Spirit revealing to you to help me in handling temptation.
      I stand with the God’s attributes of provision on my situation.
      Thank you

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    • God told Cain, “sin is crouching at your door, but you must master it” How gracious is our God, always making a way of escape. A lesson to learn, “master it”, temptations are sometimes hard to resist, but we should always pray, “Lead us not into temptation”. Amen

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  111. I love the Oswald Chambers quote: “Satan does not tempt us just to make us do wrong things – he tempts us to make us LOSE WHAT GOD HAS PUT INTO US….namely the possibility of being of value to God. He shifts our point of view….” Thank you for helping me to recognize the deceiver in my life, in my thoughts & attitudes through this blog. I pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit as I focus on the attributes of God.

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  112. This article speaks to me at a new level because I am dealing with a specific temptation these last 2 months. Thank you Lord for reaching out to me, yet again. You who are committed to the growth of your people, please help awaken my awareness of Christ and who I am in Him.

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  113. I really appreciate God for what BSF has bountifully and generously prepared and provided this blog and the attributes of God for us to awaken Christ and crush temptations that leads to sin and death. It arrived so timely as I am struggling how to help my grownup child or even myself to stop sin, repent and repeat!

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  114. Are you willing to do for the truth what others are willing to do for a lie? We must not let the best message in the world become the best secret! THE GOSPEL! GOD SPEED TO ALL!

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  115. I needed to read this soonest.

    It has really helped me understand boadly this enemy called negative temptation.

    May God help us as we make clear our path to our eternal home.

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    • What spoke to me is the quotation of St Augustine: « when temptation arises, it is the wind . It disturbs us, it is the rising of the sea ». We can let the wind or the sea carry us until it dies down ( which is yielding to the temptation), or turn our thoughts to God to return to his peace.

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  116. Bible study fellow ship on Thu morning on zoom. Class

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  117. Just what I needed to hear.
    Thank you
    Sharon

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  118. Beautifully narrated and comforting. Encouraging as I to deal with my own battles with temptations of the heart and mind and soul. Thank you, Bennett Rolan for sharing your thoughts and experience. God bless

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  119. Dear Bennett Rolan,

    It is a good awaken, very wonderful fact presentation. ”resisting temptation when Willpower won’t work ” I enjoyed reading and learn a lot. not only learn but owned. May God bless you more and more.

    Yours in Him Mengistu

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  120. was very much blessed by the message.
    Though I spend much time in God’s word, I am unable to get over fear and anxiety leading to anger, irritation and frustration.

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  121. Excellent article! I truely enjoyed reading it.

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  122. Very timely!

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    • Just what I needed to hear.
      Thank you
      Sharon

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  123. Thanks a lot for sharing this. Ave not been able to do the online fellowship via zoom due to network problems but with such insight I feel like ave attended

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    • Amen
      Jesus is our Rock and Fortress
      As long as we stand firm on His word we would not be let astray.
      And then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.
      ‭‭

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  124. Excellent blog

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  125. Just curious why when our country is in serious turmoil and Satan has been allowed to run amuck – why doesn’t BSF emphasize prayer for our country, it’s leaders and advocacy for Christian positions ? If we can turn from our wicked ways…. God will heal our land.” Shouldn’t prayer for our country be paramount??? The temptation is to let someone else take the responsibility for the ills of our country. We are suppose to be salt and light.

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    • I needed to read this soonest.

      It has really helped me understand boadly this enemy called negative temptation.

      May God help us as we make clear our path to our eternal home.

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      • I thank God for His unmatched provision of a way out of temptation in order to be reconciled to Him. When we truthfully accept his offer of Jesus Christ, He helps us resist the deceiver.

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  126. Thank you for the clarity and the attributes of God.

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  127. Thank you for this year’s study it is opening my mind mind of Genesis in a different way.

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  128. I am grateful for this blog. Temptation resulting in sin can be so destructive and life altering. Once in a lost and confused state i became overwhelmed by temptation and living in the world.
    Thankfully I am a saved sinner and can now see so clearly the workings of Satan who is alive and thriving in our world today. Staying in the WORD helps to keep me ground/elevated in God. I worry about people who take life lightly and do not understand the horribleness of Satan.

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  129. This is wonderful!!! I needed this tonight.

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  130. Thank you for your sharing. I am so blessed to be in bsf, all these years, and worship freely.
    Blessings always.

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  131. These attributed of God are a helpful reminder during these tribulate times in our country. As I watch the news I will certainly fix my eyes on Jesus and read from this list. Thank you for this GREAT tool.

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  132. Thanks for listing the attributes of God. Some listed are ones I have not thought of before

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    • Thank you for this article and for the verses 1 Peter 5:8 and Ephesians 6:12…which shows us what we are really against when being tempted,and that there is a way out.
      God bless you.

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    • I love to keep this list with me when I study! So fun to add to it when a new attribute is revealed

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  133. Temptation is the opportunity to choose to do the right thing.

    I never had trouble trying to figure out what was right or wrong. I don’t believe Adam had trouble figuring that out in the garden.

    Temptation allows us to choose what we want to do more. Choose the right thing.

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    • Matthew, such a great thought!

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  134. Regarding the list of God’s attributes, I think that this is not exhaustive. The logic: because God is infinite, His attributes are infinite too!
    Regarding the phenomenon of temptation, I strongly believe in 1 Corinthians 10:13.
    Now, thru the lens of this verse, did Eve and Adam have any sustainable excuse? Why did the serpent come to Eve and not to Adam? What kind of resources did Eve have to escape from falling into temptation? What kind of attribute(s) do(es) mean this “fore measuring” of the temptation according to our power to bear it/these?

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  135. Regarding the list of God’s tributes, I think that this is not exhaustive. The logic: because God is infinite, His attributes are infinite too!
    Regarding the phenomenon of temptation, I strongly believe in 1 Corinthians 10:13.
    Now, thru the lens of this verse, did Eve and Adam have any sustainable excuse? Why did the serpent come to Eve and not to Adam? What kind of resources did Eve have to escape from falling into temptation? What kind of attribute(s) do(es) mean this “fore measuring” of the temptation according to our power to bear it/these?

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  136. This touched my spirit ! Thank you for sharing this with us. I need to be alert, sober minded and standing in truth ??✝️??

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  137. This is so true my prayerniscto be alert and to always be conscious of God and His love and expectation for me. I want to obey and please Him.

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  138. Thank you so much for how much more insight this gives to our lesson.

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  139. Thank you for sharing this article ,honestly i had a hard time answering the questions on Lesson 3
    but when i read this i was blessed that i was able to understand what the questions are asking for.
    Thank you again ,,

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  140. BLESSED by this reading

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  141. I so needed this! So much meaning and feeling! The power of God is working in me!!! Thankful and grateful! Thank you for sharing!!?❤️

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  142. Excellent advice & commentary!

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    • Yes,temptations may come like sudden shake up,
      I have to get hold of something
      Strong and enduring to stop
      Falling into sin and then to sins.
      Word of God Almighty, thus
      Hand of God Almighty
      Saves me from falling into
      Darkness of sin.
      Thank you for reminding the assurance from the Saviour
      Who paid already for my inequities plenty.

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  143. I did my questions before I read this. Wow I was so blown away that I included some of the thoughts that were expressed in the article. I attribute much of that to my BSF study for 6 yrs and the revelations of the Holy Spirit. I will go back and tweet my answers thank you for being such a force in the lives of so many. Praising God!

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  144. I have noticed during this quarantine time “why am I so lonely?” I felt this before this time of seclusion, but having a lack of relationships has caused me to crave them even more. How wonderful that I am able to meet with other women and discuss the truth that Christ will always desire me and care for me more than I can understand!

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  145. Thank you for this email. It enlightened me more of my personal struggle/temptation.
    I pray that God will reveal His character on me whenever I am tempted on looking at pornography.
    Judging other people and feeling marginalized sometimes at work.

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    • Julius, you are not alone! 1 Peter 5:9 tells us: Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

      Praying for you!

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  146. A honestly and helpful sharing!

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  147. A wonderful read and thank you very much for sharing. God bless!

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  148. 1 Jn 4:4 – He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

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  149. This was beautifully written and moving. It moved me to tears. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  150. This read was very enlightening for me. I realized I lost my perspective of God’s character going through tribulation. But thanks to BSF, I am reminded of God’s faithful character to give me hope and strength and to keep fighting the good fight of faith.

    Thank you much!

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  151. Amen
    Fear not!
    Amen !
    Sorrow not!

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  152. Thank you Lord for your power working in us and to think of your attributes then we face the tempter.

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  153. Thank you! This really helped to respond to questions in this week’s lesson. I know I am never alone and can resist temptation with the Spirit of God in me

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  154. Thank you so much. I was feeling angry at someone. This was helpful and sent at a perfect time. God’s timing is always perfect. I didn’t even know why I was getting into my e-mail I already looked at it today. Thank you!

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  155. WOW and thank you

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  156. Woow the attributes of God are so real….I didn’t know that the enemy is limited to presence everywhere….

    Our ubiquitous Lord really cares.

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  157. Thank you so much for sharing this. Very helpful and very apt for the times that we are in and thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit who is very ready to help when we draw close to Him. Blessings!

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  158. Thank you for your words of wisdom and understanding of our current temptations in this world of turmoil and confusion. We can stand fast in the Faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  159. I needed this. Correction, I need this. Temptation is often difficult to avoid, but looking to Christ is the only way. I’ll meditate on Christ’s attributes in finding the strength I need.
    Thank you.

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  160. Really good sharing. Thank you so much.

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  161. Thank you! this was a great reminder and useful tool in combatting the enemies attempts to take our focus away from our great, supreme creator who always offers us a way to flee!

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  162. Thank you so much for your goods teachings. May God Bless you.

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  163. To God be the glory. Indeed thru the power of God, via our Holy Spirit, we shall overcome any circumstances and situations. Thank you Jesus, my Lord and Saviour, for the gift of our comforter, our Holy Spirit.

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  164. This was great Thanks so much for sending it. I am tempted to eat too much sweets Going to put this to use.

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    • What a great reminder!! Thank you BSF.

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  165. This blog post was so good, thanks so much for sharing.

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  166. Very insightful and encouraging. We can all use this message and GOD’S attributes during these difficult times.

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  167. thank you so much for this insight, I really was struggling with inner thought re: temptation and my own
    response to this lesson. It was informative and so helpful.

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  168. Bennett thank you for this, helpful. God bless you.

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    • I loved the quote from St Augustine as he closes his commentary. I never would have applied that story 2 resisting temptation but of course fear is one of those easy ones to fall prey to. Thankyou!

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