Overcoming Temptations (Part II)

Part II: Fighting Spiritual Warfare at Rest

Getting a good night’s rest is what most people look forward to when they lay down. I don’t know anyone who would say they look forward to a restless night. As Christians, we’re tempted in our daily lives. We battle spiritual warfare not only while awake, but even at rest. Some people may ask, why? That is a question many of us may have asked ourselves or God. Others may even blame God for being tempted. When this happens, we must remember what James 1:13 NLT says, “When you are being tempted, do not say, ‘God is tempting me.’ God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.” 

Truth be told, temptations reveal just how much more we need God. It shows us how we need to seek His face more. Christians are constantly at war with the dark forces of this world. This is because we’ve chosen to follow after Christ—we’re walking on a narrow path.  When we’re trying to live right and do right by God, the devil doesn’t like that. So, he sends whatever he can in attempt to destroy us. But do not fret, there is good news! 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT says, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” This scripture should bring us comfort. The scripture shows us how God is aware of the problems we face. Not only that, but He is faithful and will bring us out of it. 

Sometimes, it can be difficult to understand this type of spiritual warfare or temptation. It is quite different from conscious temptation. Sleep temptation can make us feel very defeated. If the enemy knows he can’t get to us awake, he’ll tempt us while we’re sleep. The devil will try to tempt us in our sleep by bringing fear into our hearts from nightmares or even sexual temptation. Therefore, when we find ourselves in either of these situations, we must do something about it.

 I say this because I’ve went to bed several times expecting a good night’s sleep and found myself in for a rude awakening by none other than the devil. I’ve found myself tossing and turning on several occasions in the past before. For a long time, it felt unfair that I had to face spiritual warfare in my sleep. It seemed so disappointing that I couldn’t overcome the fear or temptation while I slept. I woke up countless nights and wept. It frustrated and annoyed me that I had no control over the dreams that attacked my mind. It wasn’t until I studied in my Word that I found relief. In the midnight hour, I rose up and prayed. Why? Because that’s what God want us to do.

What do you during a bad night’s sleep? How do you overcome the spiritual warfare at rest? Do you wake up and pray? Do you continue to fight through it on your own? One of the best ways to overcome temptation/spiritual warfare is to fill your heart with God’s Word. You must be careful what you watch, look at, listen to, and allow into your mind. We can’t expect a good night’s rest if we don’t feed our spirits with the presence of the Lord. Believe it or not, it can impact how we sleep. The Word says in Romans 13:14 NLT, “Clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” 

I challenge you today to wake up and pray the next time you’re experiencing spiritual warfare in your sleep or temptation. Psalms 34:6 NLT says, “In my desperation, I prayed, and the Lord listened; He saved me from all my troubles.” This is good news yet again for those who believe! We have to resist the devil and not give him control. Then, he will flee from us. (James 4:7 NLT).

Say this prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for who you are. Thank you for how you promise to never put more on us than we can bare. Your Word says in Isaiah 40:29-31 NLT, “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Thank you Lord for your Word that will never come back void. I believe that you will give me strength to endure the spiritual warfare. I believe that you will help me overcome the temptations I face. Help me to pray more and seek your face daily. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you said that prayer, I believe that a change will come for you. But, you must believe it first. Do you believe that God can give you strength to overcome? If so, you are already off to a great start! Thank you SO much for reading Part II of my blog series: Overcoming Temptations. If liked this post or want to share your insights, comment below. See you next time!

2 thoughts on “Overcoming Temptations (Part II)”

  1. I love this! What a word! Many of us experience spiritual warfare and temptations during our sleep. But thanks be to God for his word and strength to help us in time of need❤️

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