Category: Spiritual Growth

Scriptural Declarations to Help Overcome Temptations

If the devil tempted Jesus Christ at his most vulnerable moments, he will tempt you, his follower. Temptations come when you least expect it. An innocent act here, a little white lie there and by the time you know it, you are neck deep in it. Even when you keep yourself pure, the devil will find a way to tempt you.

When Jesus hungered, the devil tempted him with food and as a result, God sent angels to attend to him. When Joseph went about his chores as a servant, the devil tempted him with a woman and as a result, he ended up in jail. When David was idle in the palace, the devil tempted him with beauty and as a result, he lost a child. When Saul was at war, the devil tempted him with the spoils from the war, as a result, he lost his kingdom.

On this Christian journey, you cannot escape temptations. The moment you declare your allegiance to Jesus Christ, you become the devil’s target. His number one goal is to distract people from knowing the truth. His mission is to stop people from knowing God, to win them over to his side and to ultimately lead them to their deaths.

There is a current continuous massive campaign against smoking as being dangerous to health. In a bid to help quitters in smoking, an electronic cigarette was introduced. The people who subscribed to the e-cigarettes are somewhat free from the danger smoking causes to their health but they are mostly hooked with the e-cigarettes – where is total freedom in this e-cigarettes?

To overcome temptations, you have to fight through with the sword of the spirit which is the word of God, otherwise, you are most likely to become the devil’s victim. You, as a Christian, must be careful, watchful and prayerful lest you fall into temptation. You must recognise the tactics of the enemy. You must be vigilant and ready to thwart his strategy against your soul.

The devil does not rest. He is always prowling, always looking for who to devour, always scheming and always watching for an opportune time to carry out his plans. His weapons may seem irresistibly strong, your weapons of warfare will overcome his strength at any time. Be ready to fight back with the weapons of your warfare.

Put on the whole armour of God, indispensable and readily made available for you. Wear the belt of truth and the body armour of God’s righteousness, for shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to these, hold up the shield of faith in order to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God with you (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Finally, fight back with the following Bible declarations and let God do the rest for you.

Make a Declaration of Faith
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I declare that in all things, I overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loves me (Romans 8:37)
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Today I am watchful and prayerful. I pray against all manner of temptation and I am delivered. When my faith is tempted and I am overwhelmed with life, the Lord will deliver me. (James 1:3).
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I love you, Lord, with all my heart, with my mind and with all my might. Through you, I can persevere during the trials of my faith and I am able to stand the test of time. I am thankful that after all these trials and tribulations against my faith are gone, you will bless me with the crown of life with which you promised those who love you (James 1:12).
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Today I submit myself to the Lord God of the heavens and the earth. I resist the devil and his temptations, and he flees from me (James 4:7 KJV).
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I declare that I overcome the devil and his temptations with a sober mind and spiritual eyes endowed upon me by God (1 Peter 5:8 KJV)
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I declare that I am born of God and I overcome the world of temptation through the spirit of God that dwells in me (1 John 5:4).
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I declare that I overcome every temptation that is common to man through God who makes a way of escape for me. I am no longer tempted beyond what I can manage for God gives me the grace to overcome temptations even in my weakness.  (1 Corinthians 10:13).
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24 Bible Declarations to Help New Christians Stay in Faith

Staying in faith can be quite a struggle for new Christians if care is not taken. Begum Bilquis Sheikh was a new convert from Islam to Christianity and in her book, I dared to call him father, she narrated her story of family exclusions, community condemnations, death threats and several attempts to dissuade her from her newfound faith in Christ. Her journey to becoming a fully fledged Christian was not at all that smooth. Yet she persisted in her faith and she followed Christ with all her heart, her mind and with all her might. Had she not been convinced of her call to Christ, she would have crumble under pressure and she would have lost her faith entirely.

A very smart and very intelligent gentleman once tried to confuse and dissuade my faith in God. Though he professed his belief in God, he still questioned God’s intent and authority on every level. By God’s grace, I was able to deduce that his reasonings and arguments with scriptural quotations were nothing but philosophical. Supposing God did not make me strong in faith, his arguments could have dissuaded me from believing in God and following Christ, I could’ve been lured away from faith and who knows what could’ve happened afterwards?

The Bible says that Christians, children of God, believers in Christ, followers of Jesus Christ must “see to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceits, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ“(Colossians 2:8).

There are many people like Begum Bilquis Sheikh’s community and this gentleman in the universe with good intentions. Their aim is to convince believers of what they believe to be the truth but the truth can only be found in Christ Jesus (John 1:14). If the human reasoning is not aligned with God’s will then its only plain ideologies and philosophies of the universe. Whatever stands against your faith stands against your light and Jesus Christ is your light (John 8:12). Be wary of such teachings, search the spirit behind such ideas and check all teachings against the scripture; if they are not aligned with God’s mind, they are not of God.  Be warned. Stay away from human ideologies and affirm your faith in God.

Make a Declaration of faith

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I declare that I am no longer under the control of sin. I believe in Christ through whom I will overcome in this sinful world ( Galatians 3:22) (1 John 5:5)
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I declare my belief that Jesus is the son of God and I am saved by the name of Jesus. (1 John 5:13)(1 John 5:5).
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I declare that the spirit of Christ now dwells in my heart and through him, I have become a child of God (John 1:12)(John 1:12).
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I believe through Jesus Christ I have eternal life and I will not perish with this world or in the world to come (John 3:16)
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I declare that I am no longer condemned to spiritual death, sicknesses, and diseases of this world (John 3:18) but I am accepted by God through his son Jesus Christ who gives me a new life.
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I declare that I no longer thirst or hunger after the things of flesh but I am now filled by Christ who is the bread of life and the living water. (John 6:35)
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I believe in Christ Jesus, hence rivers of living water flow through me (John 7:38)
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I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20)
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Henceforth I will live by example for other believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12)
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I believe Jesus Christ is my healer and I declare that my faith has made me whole (Mark 10:52)
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I believe and I receive everything I ask for in the name of Jesus, they are mine (Mark 11:24)
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I believe I am saved and baptized through the holy spirit of Jesus Christ who lives in me (Mark 16:16)
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I believe I will see the glory of God through Jesus Christ whom I believe in (John 11:40)
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I declare Jesus is Lord and I believe in my heart that God raised him from the dead, through him, I am saved (Romans 10:9)
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I believe in my heart that Jesus is Lord and I profess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, I am justified and I am saved (Romans 10:10)
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