5 Biblical Quotations to Help You Overcome Life’s Toughest Temptations

5 Biblical Quotations to Help You Overcome Life’s Toughest Temptations

This is for the person who has fallen into temptation and can’t get out, for the husband who has neglected his wife, for the mother who left the store without paying, and for the college student who’s struggling to stay pure. This post is for you.

In Scripture, temptation is referred to as the testing of human beings, usually to sin or apostasy from God. British Baptist preacher, C.H. Spurgeon, expands this definition in one of his 1863 sermons on the topic. He states the word “temptation” has two meanings, to be tried, and to entice.

In one sense, our faith can be tried and tested without the opportunity for evil. On the other hand, we can be enticed into carrying out evil actions that hurt the heart of God. Either way, temptation comes from a variety of sources, some being:

  • Temptation arising from human nature (Ephesians 2:1-3, James 1:14)
  • Temptation arising from other people (1 John 2:16, 2 Peter 2:18)
  • Temptation from Satan (Genesis 3:1)
  • Temptation from things, such as money, power, lust or pride (Matthew 13:22)

But one thing stands firm: God is with you in your temptation. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” If you’ve ever been tempted, tried, or enticed to sin, you know how difficult it is to overcome temptation. But there’s hope.

Here are 5 practical biblical insights to help you overcome life’s toughest temptations in your daily life.

1. Jesus knows our experience, but did not sin

There is not a feeling, not a passion, not a wish, not an infirmity, which we have, which did not belong to that manhood which He assumed

“There is not a feeling, not a passion, not a wish, not an infirmity, which we have, which did not belong to that manhood which He assumed, except such as is of the nature of sin. There was not a trial or temptation which befalls us, but was, in kind at least, presented before Him, except that He had nothing within Him sympathizing with that which came to Him from without.” —John Henry Newman

Dig deeper: Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:17; Hebrews 2:16; 4:15

2. Satan starts small with temptations

A green log and a candle may be safely left together; but bring a few shavings, then some small sticks, and then larger, and you may soon bring the green log to ashes.

“Satan will seldom come to a Christian with a gross temptation. A green log and a candle may be safely left together; but bring a few shavings, then some small sticks, and then larger, and you may soon bring the green log to ashes.” —John Newton, 300 Quotations for Preachers

Dig deeper: Matthew 4:1; Mark 1:13; Luke 4:2

3. Look to Christ in temptation

In the greatest temptations, a single look to Christ, and barely pronouncing his name, suffices to overcome the wicked one, so it be done with confidence and calmness of spirit.

“In the greatest temptations, a single look to Christ, and barely pronouncing his name, suffices to overcome the wicked one, so it be done with confidence and calmness of spirit.”
—John Wesley

Dig deeper: 1 Corinthians 10:13; James 4:7; 2 Peter 2:9

4. Do not be discouraged in temptation

Your temptations and storms that arise so suddenly argue and witness that the seed that is sown has fallen on good ground.

“If Satan fume and roar against you, whether it be against your bodies by persecution, or inward in your conscience by a spiritual battle, do not be discouraged, as though you were less acceptable in God’s presence, or that Satan might at any time prevail against you. No! Your temptations and storms that arise so suddenly argue and witness that the seed that is sown has fallen on good ground, has begun to take root, and shall, by God’s grace, bring forth fruit abundantly in due season and convenient time. That is what Satan fears; and therefore thus he rages (and shall rage) against you, thinking that if he can repulse you now suddenly in the beginning, that then you will be at all times an easy prey, never able to resist his assaults. But as my hope is good, so shall my prayer be, that you may be so strengthened, that the world and Satan himself may understand and perceive, that God fights your battle.”
—John Knox

Dig deeper: 2 Chronicles 20:17; Isaiah 40:31; Matthew 13:8, 23; Mark 4:8, 20; Luke 8:8, 15; Ephesians 3:16; James 1:13–14; Revelation 12:17

5. Be on Your Guard after Great Successes

After great services, honours, and consolations, we should stand upon our guard. Noah, Lot, David, Solomon, fell in these circumstances. Satan is a robber: A robber will not attack a man in going to the bank, but in returning with his pocket full of money.

“There are critical times of danger. After great services, honours, and consolations, we should stand upon our guard. Noah, Lot, David, Solomon, fell in these circumstances. Satan is a robber: A robber will not attack a man in going to the bank, but in returning with his pocket full of money.” —John Newton

Dig deeper: Genesis 9:20–21; 19:30–38; 2 Samuel 11:1–4; 1 Kings 11:1–8

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Looking for more quotations to inspire biblical living? Take a look at 300 Quotations and Prayers for Christmas, 300 Quotations for Preachers, 300 Quotations for Preachers in the Modern Church, and 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation.

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