11 Bible Verses About Temptation
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11 Bible Verses About Temptation

The only way to learn lessons like this is to keep your mind and heart in the Bible. Read scripture daily that helps you stand firm and back down from the temptations you face. Some are minor setbacks, such as cheating on a diet; the minute you go on a diet, you start facing temptations; we set patterns for ourselves, and when we do something to change those patterns, there is always a temptation to return to our original ways. Temptation can also be a major turning point in your life, causing upheavals and complete changes; wanting to accept a new job or moving to another place for that job without first discussing it with your family can be a destructive temptation. However, this article will go through what Christ had as temptations and how He handled them.

You, too, can push temptations back if you follow the advice given in the Bible. Jesus knew all the temptations He would be facing when He came to this earth; through faith in our Father God, He was able to back down every single one, and so can we if we only use the Bible as our weapon to do so. Below are Bible verses about temptation or testing, as some would put it; study these scriptures; if you read one that stands out to you, then re-read it until you can thoroughly understand its meaning.

11 Bible Verses About Temptation

Moses named the place Massah (which means “test”) and Meribah (which means “arguing”) because the people of Israel argued with Moses and tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord here with us or not?”

Exodus 17:7

But as surely as I live, and as surely as the earth is filled with the Lord’s glory, not one of these people will ever enter that land. They have all seen my glorious presence and the miraculous signs I performed both in Egypt and in the wilderness, but again and again they have tested me by refusing to listen to my voice.

Numbers 14:21-22

They stubbornly tested God in their hearts, demanding the foods they craved.

Psalm 78:18

Again and again they tested God’s patience and provoked the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember his power and how he rescued them from their enemies.

Psalm 78:41-42

But he led his own people like a flock of sheep, guiding them safely through the wilderness. He kept them safe so they were not afraid; but the sea covered their enemies. He brought them to the border of his holy land, to this land of hills he had won for them. He drove out the nations before them; he gave them their inheritance by lot. He settled the tribes of Israel into their homes. But they kept testing and rebelling against God Most High. They did not obey his laws.

Psalm 78:52-56

NOTE: As you read through these scriptures, recognize all the things that God did for His people. He protected and saved them from their enemies; guided them safely through the wilderness; gave them an inheritance, and settled the tribes of Israel in their homes, and that’s to mention a few of his favors for them. God loved these humans so much that He would do anything for them. Keep that in mind the next time you say a prayer of thanks.

The Lord says, “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah, as they did at Massah in the wilderness. For there your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw everything I did. For forty years I was angry with them, and I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them.’ So in my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.’”

Psalm 95:8-9

In the wilderness their desires ran wild, testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland.

Psalm 106:14

NOTE: Think about how much God did for these people; He freed them from 400 years of grueling slavery in Egypt; through Moses brought them out of Egypt directly through the Red Sea; He guided them through the desert both day and night, all the while making sure they had food and water. The appreciation and love they showed to God was continual complaining and turning away from Him. Since these people saw all the miracles He performed during their escape from Egypt and still continued to complain and cause dissension within all the people of Israel, God grew angry with them and resigned Himself to make an oath that these people would never see His place of rest or heaven.

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’” Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”  ”Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” Then the devil went away and angels came and took care of Jesus.

Matthew 4:1-11

And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

Matthew 6:13

Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me for even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

Matthew 26:40-41

Then the Spirit compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.  

Mark 1:12-13


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Pastor Duke Taber
Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.