Here’s a verse designed to strengthen our resolve in times of temptation:
“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11).
What so strongly allures is actually against us. We desire what would defeat us.
We are at war! Fleshly lusts wage war against the soul.
When Joseph resisted the seductions of Potiphar’s wife, he won the victory (Genesis 39).
But when David committed adultery with Bathsheba, he lost—Bigtime! (2 Samuel 11-12)
Give in or abstain?
Peter calls Christians aliens and strangers.
Fleshly lusts belong to Satan’s realm, the world. Christians live by a different standard (1 Peter 1:14-16; 4:1-5).
Satan hopes you’ll give in. But if you do, you lose!
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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