Second, I'm reading more in my Bible. That's the most powerful way God speaks to me. I'll read along and a verse takes on power as if I'd never read it before. 

Here's one example. I was involved in a controversy in a writers' organization. One day when I was reading in Romans, my eyes stopped at this verse: "If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men" (12:18, MKJV). The verse shouted inside my head. I read it two or three times. By then, I knew I had to do something to bring peace. I reexamined my position and realized my hidden needs had subverted my zeal for integrity. Once I backed up two steps, those on the other side did the same. We came to a place of peace. 

That's the practical working of the Victor Over Temptation in my life. He helps me see not just the wrong and stupid things I've done; he's also helping me look below my actions and attitudes to figure out why I failed.

As I thought of this, I recalled a prominent pastor involved in an adulterous situation. He had sinned. At the same time, as I understand my proclivity to temptation, I'm learning to understand others. I wondered what kind of unfulfilled needs he had. If he had been able to talk to the Victor about those deep inner needs, he might have overcome the temptation. 

No single temptation strikes all of us. As we open ourselves to the Victor over Temptation, we can begin to understand our own inner driving forces that might ensnare us. Then comes victory. 

As I become aware of my personal temptations, and as I call on the Victor Over Temptation, I know that I'm going to sin. 

      Even if you think you can stand up to temptations, be careful not to fall. You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and he will show you how to escape from your temptations. --1 CORINTHIANS 10:12-13, CEV
     
      Victor Over Temptation,
      with your help I can win.
      With your help
      I can find answers and satisfy those hurting,
      needy parts of my life.
      With your help
      I can win time after time against temptations.
      Thanks for providing the way of escape. Amen. 

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Cecil Murphey has written more than one hundred books on a variety of topics with an emphasis on Spiritual Growth, Christian Living, Caregiving, and Heaven. He enjoys preaching in churches and speaking and teaching at conferences around the world. To book Cec for your next event, please contact Twila Belk at 563-332-1622.

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Originally published on: February 2, 2009