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4 Verses to Help Christian Girls Conquer Temptation

By: Kristen Clark

I’m married to an amazingly godly and kind man. But like any human, Zack might occasionally say something or do something that I don’t view as particularly “sweet and thoughtful.”

Instead of giving him the benefit of the doubt, my natural tendency is to assume the worst. Instead of lovingly asking him about it, I often cater to my sinful frustration.

This happened recently.

I felt the temptation of anger come on me. Instead of resisting it, I allowed my emotions to overtake me. I allowed my feelings to rule my thinking. Once again I found myself giving into temptation.

Several hours went by of me pouting and grumbling in my heart.

Thankfully — by God’s grace — the Holy Spirit convicted me with a strong force. I instantly felt a wave of guilt rush over me as I realized how wrong my heart and actions had been toward Zack. I wasn’t showing Zack the love and grace of Christ. I wasn’t being a respectful wife. I wasn’t denying my sinful flesh.

I finally confessed my sin to God, then humbled myself and approached Zack. I heard his side of the story and quickly realized how wrong my assumptions had been. I had misinterpreted his actions. He was being perfectly loving all along.

I was so grateful when he quickly gave me forgiveness.

Temptations come in all shapes and sizes and are constantly bombarding each one of us.

My temptations may look different than yours, but we all face them. You may face the temptation toward anger, the temptation toward sexual sin, toward lying, toward bitterness, jealousy, discontentment, etc. Whatever it is for you, it’s hard to resist right?

Because of our sinful flesh, we will battle against temptation until the day we die.

There is good news though.

We don’t have to battle them alone.

God knows how hard the struggle is for us, so He has promised to help us out. He offers us a lot of hope throughout the pages of the Bible. Personally, I have found the following 4 verses to be extremely helpful in conquering temptation. This list has helped me a lot and I hope it will be helpful to you. Just apply these verses to your specific struggles.

4 verses to help Christian girls conquer temptation:  

1 Corinthians 10:13

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

What an amazing promise God gave us! He promises to be faithful to us during our temptation. He will not allow us to be tempted with something we can’t bear. Praise the Lord! He also promises to give us a way out of every temptation. This is a huge comfort to me. Don’t you think so? We just need to be faithful to look for it.

Hebrews 2:18

“For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

This verse is such a great reminder that God understands what it feels like to be tempted. He can relate to us. He knows what it’s like to be tempted and to overcome temptation. He is ready to help us overcome any temptation we face.

James 4:7

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Although the devil has a lot of power, He cannot have total power over Christians. With God’s strength we can resist all of the devil’s temptations; no matter how juicy they are. If we resist (withstand, fend off, fight against) the devil, he WILL flee from us. What an awesome promise!

Galatians 5:16

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

This verse shows us exactly why we give in to temptation! The reason we give in is because we would rather satisfy our flesh than obey God. That’s the bottom line. The best antidote to combating this is to walk in the Spirit. 

We need to live every moment dependent on God. Praying constantly, reading the Bible daily, and pursuing humility. The more our focus is on God, the more we will desire to please Him rather than our flesh.

I hope these 4 verses are helpful to you.

They are to me! Beating temptation isn’t easy, but we can do it with God’s strength. We can resist sin by the power of God within us. We just need to humble ourselves and seek God’s constant help.

I’d love to hear from you below!

  • What type of temptations seem to “get you every time?” And More importantly, what are you doing to battle against those temptations?
  • What additional verses do you find helpful in this fight?

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  • Thank you so much for this article! I love all of those verses so much–I have all but the Hebrews verse on my wall (and the Hebrews SHOULD be on my wall!).

    There are plenty of times when I, like your example, have given in to temptation. When that happens, these are some of my favorite verses/passages:

    -Psalm 51.
    I often say this through as my prayer of repentance.

    -Philippians 1:6
    This gives me so much hope that, despite my current struggle, God will still finish what He has started in me.

    -Lamentations 3:22-23
    Knowing that God’s compassion and grace is new every morning–and every moment–is such a comfort to me when I sin and when I repent.

    Thanks again for this great article! 🙂

    • Brittania

      I love that last verse. . .

  • Shanae B

    This post was God-timed, needed to be reminded/re-encouraged of this today! Thanks for sharing!

  • Brittania

    I’m kinda nervous to type this out.. . .I used to really struggle with gender insecurity. It all started when I was a little girl. . .I was tricked to think God was s3xist and that I was inferior. . . Jesus actually wiped out all of the gender insecurity over the summer (praise Him:) ). . .I am left with the memories now.

    Satan knows I am not ashamed of being a girl anymore. he’s trying to tempt me to think my past is too difficult, shameful, too embarrassing to talk about. I want to be able to share my story of how Jesus helped me without being ashamed of what happened.

    When I feel tempted. . . the One who never fails is Jesus. Jesus reminds me its over. . .and that I’m safe. 🙂 (I also get tempted to think a guy would fix all my problems. . .but only Jesus can do that LOL)

    -here’s my helpful verse-
    Isaiah 54:4-5 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

    2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

    Jesus is so good. . .no matter what ”feelings” or struggles you deal with. GIVE them to JESUS. He knows about it. And He will help us. 🙂 If He understands how our brains work. . .He understands how our weakness’ work too.

    • Rachel

      Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve recently struggled with this too and I still struggle a bit with accepting my femininity, so it’s really encouraging to hear that someone else can relate.

    • Ayelén Araceli

      Thank you for writing this, I felt very identified with everything you said. I wish that our father protect us to be faithful to Jesus

  • Sarah

    I struggle with gossip, I know God hates it, but so often I find myself wanting to justify my feelings or actions to my close friends and family by ‘filling them in’ on what really doesn’t need to be shared about other people. Thanks for this article Kristen, 1 Cor. 10v13 is such a good verse! I’m excited to memorise it to battle against my temptations!


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