How to Shut Temptation’s ENTRANCE Door

woman-behind-doorI was at Bible study recently and our pastor covered some scriptures in Luke 22. However, my eyes fixed on two particular scriptures and I saw something I’ve never seen before:

  • “When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation (Luke 22:40).”
  • “Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation (Luke 22:46 ).”

When I usually read these scriptures, I focus on the prayer part.  It is important that you pray to help you deal with temptations.

However this time, I focused on three words “enter into temptation.”

I suddenly saw it as like going through a door. You are in a place of safety when suddenly temptation’s door opens, inviting you to come in.

I want you to imagine a door opening up behind you; hear that door turning on its creaking hinges.

God told me that it is important to shut these doors. Some days, you will have many doors open up that will try to lead you astray. Others, you will have few.

But no matter how many doors you have to deal with, decide that you will be faithful to shut each one.

Jesus also teaches how and why it is important that you shut the door to temptation:

  • “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41 and Mark 14:38).”

In these scriptures, Jesus has asked the disciples to watch and pray with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. But they fell asleep. What he said to them is a great lesson for us!

First, he says that failure to watch and pray will lead to you going through temptation’s door. I’ll tell you what to watch for in just a moment.

In the second part, Jesus says that you may want to do the right thing but your flesh opposes that because it is weak.

Your flesh is the door through which the enemy tries to gain access into your life. He wants to take a bite out of your flesh. 1 Peter 5:8 warns:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

How can you guard yourself against this vulnerability? Galatians 5:16 gives us a strategy:

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

Now let’s cover 4 areas to which you need to shut the door of temptation. You need to watch out for them because these are ways in which Satan tries to get you to go through temptation’s door:

1. Spiritual dryness (Spiritual hunger and thirst): You can be vulnerable to temptation if you are not taking time to feed your spirit man daily. As a follower of Christ, you need prayer, praise, worship, and spending quiet time in God’s presence as much as you need physical food.

You cannot have victory over your flesh without it. Remember, you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh to the degree that you strengthen your spirit man daily.

2. Lying thoughts: Lying thoughts are those that not in line with God’s word. In order to recognize them, you need to spend time studying and meditating on God’s word to see what it says.

A good starting place is the book of John because you learn about Jesus and His love. Then the epistles (Romans to Philemon).

These were the apostle Paul’s letters to the church to teach you how to live victoriously in Christ. You are called to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ.

3. Emotional manipulation: The enemy knows exactly what emotional strongholds you have (such as unforgiveness, depression, anxiety, frustration, past emotional wounds, feeling unloved, lonely, etc) that will drive you to go through the door of temptation to comfort your pain or to gain pleasure.

The enemy can sometimes play with your feelings as skillfully as a virtuoso plays the violin! He gets great amusement in driving Christians to emotional extremes.

So it’s important that you submit areas of emotional vulnerability to God in prayer for healing and comfort. Stop allowing yourself to be the enemy’s entertainment source!

4. Environmental suggestions: In this case, you are either making it easy for yourself to practice negative behavior (such as keeping trigger foods around you that make you overeat). Or else, someone around you is putting temptations before your eyes.

Many people don’t want to give into temptation, but still want to keep the source of it within view or else, keep temptation’s phone number!

However, managing your environment is one of the simplest, yet most overlooked ways to prevent yourself from entering into temptation.

Ordering your environment to make it easy for yourself to do good and stop making provisions to enter into temptation is one of the most empowering steps you can take. It eliminates a lot of stress too.

When you shut temptation’s door, you will see more daily victories in your life! Put Jesus’ words into practice: Watch and pray.

Kimberly Taylor

Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program

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  • desam says:

    Thanks for this perspective

  • Melissa says:

    This applies to everyday life 🙂 love getting your emails !! So encouraging

  • Shuquin says:

    I will read this over & over & not just read the scriptures but digest them into my spirit.

  • Sara says:

    Thanks so mutch dear Kimberly! Your Message are so precious to me! God continue to give you strength and power to make His Will! Hug and kiss from Belluno Veneto ITALY

  • Felicia says:

    Very insightful and a blessing to receive your emails.

  • patty says:

    Thank you! Your posts seem to always be written as if they are speaking directly to me! Thank you all for the support! I asked you for help as I fast this month. I am trying to improve my health in order to improve my life, and I have been able to make better decisions! I know in my heart that your prayers have helped me and I thank you!

    • You have my continued prayers, Patty! You will succeed to the degree that you stay in communication with the Lord through prayer every day and use the wisdom He speaks to you. And He will get all the glory!

  • Debbie says:

    Thank you Kimberly for this insight. Shutting the door is a powerful tool.
    Most recently I was able to overcome temptation at a hotel. They had candy and snacks on the counter, with their prices listed. I took the basket and put it in the cabinet and “shut the door”. I made it through the vacation without touching those snacks!!

  • Beverly says:

    Thanks so much for your words of encouragement I was thinking of getting the gastric bypass but going to try and do it on my own.

  • Sue says:

    My environment is my most issue. Because of the stress, anxiety, and food brought in by my husband I almost moved into a motel for 2 weeks while I recover from melanoma surgery. We decided to make our house like a motel and change some of out actions and behaviors and do things together. It’s only been a couple of days, but things are not going well, but I am putting my trust in God to work it out, and if need be I can go stay away from home. I never knew how easy it is to bring up your blood pressure and that is the one thing I have to be careful of. Good to be catching up with your mailings. I was away for a week for a church function and had no access to to internet. Bless you for your faithfulness in encouraging us to put God first in our lives.

  • Julie Wolf says:

    Thank you for sharing this. The Holy Spirit has spoken to my heart, and I pray for real change! Bless you.

    • Judy Suthard says:

      Me too, now that I have heard Him loud and clearly
      I pray that my closed door will keep the enemy from stealing this truth.
      I ask our Father to keep this beautiful truth in the forefront of our mind.
      I am so thankful for the insight this has given all of us and we stay committed to being aware of seeking comfort and healing from Christ alone.

    • It’s a day by day walk in freedom, Julie – and the Lord will be with you every step of the way!

  • DeAngela Flournoy says:

    THIS IS HAS TOUCH MY SOUL, BLESS MY SOUL, AND I WILL SHOW THIS TO MY SISTERS WHO IS IN A LOT OF BATTLES DEALING WITH TEMPTATION. I READ THIS AT WORK AND HAD TO WALK AWAY TO CRY BECAUSE THIS WAS A VERY POWERFUL MESSAGE!!! POWERFUL!!!!!!!

  • Michelle says:

    Thank you for these two thoughts:
    1. As a follower of Christ, you need prayer, praise, worship, and spending quiet time in God’s presence as much as you need physical food.
    2. Many people don’t want to give into temptation, but still want to keep the source of it within view or else, keep temptation’s phone number!

    I believe sometimes when I feel spiritually full I don’t pray as long or hard but this reminds me that I need Jesus on the good days just as much as I need HIM on the bad days.
    Also, when I fall in temptation, I feel guilty and I always get out of it but I never throw away the number. I keep it just in case I need it again. Thank you for saying, to throw away the phone number therefore when the perfect storm hits, I don’t call that number!!

  • Tom says:

    Almost deleted this one, but the Holy Spirit prompted me to recover and read it. So glad I did.

    Thank you for being responsive to God’s prompting you to write this.

  • Taylor Catrice Downing says:

    Wow Kim
    This came right on time!! I needed t on read this. Yesterday, I was in a situation that I accidentally lied on someone. It was then I realized I needed to spend some time with GOD and get right with HIM. It also showed me I need to get quick in the Spirit and realize how the devil will try to trip us up. I thank GOD for the HOLY GHOST.

  • Michele says:

    I love this! That little word “enter” and the door imagery is so helpful.

    I will be meditating & praying on this. Deeply ingraining this key strategy.

    Thank you for articulating it so well! What a gift you have, Kimberly.

    Michele : )

  • Judy says:

    Very great analogy…….when I am tempted again, I will see myself at a creaking door. With God’s help” I will not enter in.

  • Sharon McConnell says:

    Thank you Kim. God used this, this morning to confirm a work He is doing in my life. We need physical food. Yes. But oh how much more we need His spiritual food. I’m asking Him to work in me an insatiable hunger for His Word which Jesus said is spirit and life. And. He has surely worked in you to always graciously deflect honor and glory to Him where it rightfully belongs. May He continue to keep you in that humble position in Him.

  • Glenda Harris says:

    Wow, this was so good. Thank you for obeying God and publishing this to help others. This was for me. Thanks again.

  • Michele says:

    Hi Kimberly,

    How do you suggest Holidays?

    Yesterday & today I’ve gone above my plan; however, I want to allow some food indulging/pleasures. I thought that as I ate and enjoyed.

    I am on my plan for weightloss again right now. I think those verses are very helpful.

    I don’t think the past 2 days was a temptation. I thought about it before I ate and thought reasonable to enjoy some holiday treats. I think it will help me sustain long-term. My bigger enjoyment is my healthy plan.

    I even found that the foods weren’t all that yummy anyway! 🙂 It’s just not an indulgence anymore, really. I’ve grown to like better things (like exercise, candles, my lighter body, better sleep, etc) and those foods just aren’t that tasty to me really anymore! I think it’s funny, actually.

    I will use these verses as I did in my weightloss/weight management beginning in October.
    I plan to light candles tonight and enjoy those and quiet time with Jesus.

    Thank you for all you do.

    `Michele : )

  • Kimberly says:

    This is real for me. I struggle with recognizing triggers, my temptation spots, etc. I truly needed this article today. I need quite time with God. It seems my desire to read, study, and quite alone time with God has been stagnated. A SPIRIT of oppression seems to have a hokd on me. Feeling like I’m a failure, Will fail, & already fallen. Thanks Kim for All your help
    Kimberly

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