How to Overcome Temptation and Resist the Devil
God’s instructions about how to overcome temptation do work. Even if one has been enslaved by some sin for years, submitting to God and resisting the devil will cause the devil and temptation to flee. But note this: if a person has been enslaved by sin - drugs, alcohol, illicit sex, wrong motives, pornography, bitterness, anger, or whatever applies to you - the temptation will continue to attack them for days and perhaps weeks and months.
But we must remember something: we are now in the army of God. You are a soldier under the command of God. Therefore, every time the enemy attacks, the believer is to submit themselves to God and His Word, and resist the devil. He is to persevere and keep on persevering - to submit to God and resist the devil, and to keep on submitting to God and resisting the devil - and you will discover a most wonderful thing.
As time passes - days, weeks, or months - the devil and temptation will flee farther and farther away, and attack fewer and fewer times. The believer will walk in more and more victory over the devil and his evil. The believer will never be completely without temptation, but you will walk through life more and more victoriously, triumphing more and more over all evil.
As believers we are to resist the devil. He is to overcome the evil one. But how? Below are a few helps for resisting the Devil and living a life of Victory.
By being born again.
“We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not” (1 Jn. 5:18).
By asking God and praying, “Deliver us from the evil one.”
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever” (Mt. 6:13).
By quoting Scripture, fasting and praying.
“And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Mt. 4:3–4).
“And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Mt. 4:6–7).
“And said unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Mt. 4:9–10).
“Howbeit this kind [of evil] goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (Mt. 17:21).
By ministering in Jesus’ name.”
“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name” (Lu. 10:17).
By special sessions of prayer.
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Lu. 22:31–32).
By invoking, that is, claiming, the name and power of the God of peace.
“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly” (Ro. 16:20).
By forgiving others.
“To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Co. 2:10–11).
By not giving place to the devil.
“Neither give place to the devil” (Ep. 4:27).
By putting on the whole armour of God.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ep. 6:10–11; see v. 12–18).
By repenting and acknowledging the truth.
“In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will” (2 Ti. 2:25–26; Ac. 13:10).
By resisting the devil.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (Js. 4:7; 1 Pe. 5:8–9).
By not fearing and by being faithful.
“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death” (Re. 2:10–11).
By reaching out for help from other believers.
“Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2).
“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” (Rom 15:1).
Ref: POSB, PC