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What Jesus taught in the Bible is that when you are being tempted, it is important to back yourself up with scripture. God’s word is so powerful, and it’s going to help you in any situation. Jesus used scripture to fight FOMO. In Matthew 4|1-11 Jesus chose to live on God’s word and not bread. He had a chance to have people glorify him, but he didn’t. He could’ve had everything magnificent in all the kingdoms of the world. Jesus was tempted like we are and each time he used scripture to say no.
Paul has a more militaristic take on fighting the fear of missing out. He says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6|13-17) We use God’s armor to resist and God’s Word to fight. Resist the devil with truth, righteousness, peace, faith and salvation.
God will help you with whatever you’re going through. With His word and armor we can stay true to ourselves and not get caught up in temptations and desires. “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” (1 Corinthians 10|13). We aren’t tempted beyond what we are able when we rely on God.
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