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Dealing with temptation...

Many times our reasoning have been:

"No one will ever know."
"One time won't hurt."
"Everyone else does it."

"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." Prov. 28:13 
I want to encourage you with the points below and assist you with scriptures to believe, meditate and apply in our lives.

Who or what is the source of temptation?
A God does not tempt man. - James 1:13
B. Satan is called "the tempter." - Mat 4:1, 3; Mk 1:13; 1 Corin 7:5; 1 Chron 21:1; 1 Thes 3:5
C. Temptation comes from our own lusts. - James 2:14, 15; 1 John 2:16

How can temptation be overcome?
A. By faith. - 1 Pet 5:9; 1 Jn 5:4
B. By the Word of God. - Mat 4; Luke 4 ("...it is written...")
C. By prayer. - Mat 6:13; Lu 22:40, 46

Scriptures for you.
"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." - 1 Corinthians 10:12; 13

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." - Hebrews 4:14-16

"For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." - Hebrews 2:18

"The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations..." - 2 Peter 2:9

"For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace." - Romans 6:14

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." - Psalms 119:11

"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed." - James 1:13; 14

"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." - Proverbs 28:13

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." - I John 1:9

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." - 1 Peter 5:8; 9

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." - Ephesians 6:10; 11; 16

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." - James 4:7

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." - 1 John 4:4

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." - James 1:2; 3; 12

"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty..." - Jude 1:24; 25

"Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ."
1 Peter 1:6; 7