How to Shut Temptation’s Door

By Kimberly Taylor


I was at Bible study one time 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

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.

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

However, the Lord 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 confront, decide that you will be faithful to shut each one.

First, Watch and Pray

Jesus teaches how and why it is important that you shut temptation’s door:

  • “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.”

4 Areas to Shut Temptation’s Door

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.

He wants you to get into these emotions so deeply that you are compelled to run to food or other substance 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.

Be blessed in health, healing and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Author of the Take Back Your Temple program

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Kimberly Taylor

About the author

Kimberly Taylor has a heart to encourage others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22 herself, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She dropped over 85 pounds through renewing her mind with Biblical principles.

  • Wow! This was a powerful lesson, that I will need to reread again and again. Thank you for your wisdom and counsel Kimberly. It’s time for me to use God’s word and boot the enemy out the door!

  • As I scroll through 3 days’ worth of emails, I came across this post which goes along so well with my Pastor’s sermon on Sunday. I don’t remember the precise title, but point #4 on his sermon from 2 Kings 4 was “Shut the front door”. He instructed us to shut the door to people who are a negative influence on us. I took it a step farther.

    Several years ago, the group Casting Crowns had a popular song that started and ended with the children’s song “Be careful little eyes what you see.”

    As an Aspie, I love computer games on my phone. The games I play are puzzles, nothing violent or otherwise obviously “bad”. But oftentimes I find myself still seeing those colored shapes in my head as I fall asleep at night. So the “eyegate” to my soul has to be shut to whatever “unseen” influences those games are placing on my soul. I deleted my favorite game from my phone. Unfortunately, I have done this many times before and I always redownload it out of a combination of boredom and a mistaken belief that I won’t let it control me this time.

    The big one, though, is the “eargate”. That’s the front door I really need to work on shutting.

    I am an older widow who lives with her even older widowed mother. She also suffers with mental health issues, but I don’t know exactly what they are, and she has no desire to seek out help with them. She has always been a negative person, but after my dad’s suicide it multiplied. She makes a lot of negative comments to me. Even comments that are not negative, my broken mind contrives ways to make them feel negative.

    How I love it that God accepts me and love me flaws and all; in fact, he doesn’t even see the flaws and if he see any of them he will use them as strengths! There is nothing in His word that tells me he dislikes me.

    Nonetheless, I have to “shut the front door” even if it means saying out loud “Shut the front door, Jackie,” when any of those comments impact my eardrums. My therapist has told me to say “Thank you for sharing that with me.” But I think I like “shut the front door” better.

    As I sit here writing this, I have the familiar feeling of anxiety on overload and about to turn into a meltdown. It feels like this: the outer layer of me feels nearly dead, certainly numb, but on the inside all the little atoms and other small pieces of me are at war with one another. It’s a horrible feeling. I tried to assuage with my go-to so-fleeting emotion blocker — food. It worked only as long as I was consuming the food. And even at 250 pounds, there still comes a point when I can no longer consume. The can of Betty Crocker cream cheese icing sits to the left of my computer with a plastic knife sticking out of the remaining 1/3 of the can.

    Now I’m crying because I feel like such a failer.

    I am not a member of your group, Kimberly, but I have often shared in this manner. Thank you for letting me do so; and I hope the words in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 written by God would be manifested, while realizing the above words written by me, especially those in the preceding two paragraphs, most assuredly do not accomplish this.

    There is another email from you which I’ll look at after this one which is about God being my refuge. Who knows, I may have to comment on that one, too.

    God greatly bless you for your ministry.

    • Thank you, Jackie – I appreciate you for your courage in being transparent. I pray the peace of God guard your heart and mind according to His promise in Philippians 4:6-7 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

  • What an absolutely empowering article! Thanks for the visual of entering into a door. I’ve read that verse a million times and never visualized it that way. This is good stuff!

    • Thank you so much Amelia – I am glad that you are enjoying the emails. I praise God for the opportunity to write them.

  • This website is excellent. I hope that this program is ongoing and blossoming to help the world eating itself to death and starving for Jesus. God bless you all to good health and abundant joy in Jesus.

  • Kimberly thank you for your word this I needed to hear read and see for myself My emotions and my temptations are real and is in my phone I’m praying God forgive me.

    • Hi Katie – God forgives you according to His word in 1 John 1:9. Even better, He has the wisdom to set you free from emotional oppression and help you during times of temptation. Remember, you don’t walk alone – Jesus walks with you through the power of the Holy Spirit. Do you believe that? He never leaves you nor forsakes you. You have the victory in Him!

  • I am a work in progress. I am God’s child. He loves me unconditionally, therefore, I can and will love myself. I will walk away from temptation with His strength empowering me.

  • 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

  • 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 : )

  • 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.

  • 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 : )

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • 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!!!!!!!

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • 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!

  • 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

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