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Question: Jill, how do you fight temptation?

Answer:  I try to look at the model Jesus gave and trust in the power of God. Sometimes we think that when we fight temptation and say no, God will take away the hunger for whatever it is that we’re hungry for—food or sex or any other God-given appetite. But sometimes He wants us to say “no,” stay hungry, and do the will of God. How do we do that? Through the power of God. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to give us the ability to do without… do without sleep, do without food, perhaps, if we’re fasting. But God will give us this power if we ask Him.

Question: What is the best way to keep Satan “in his place”?

Answer: Only God can keep Satan in his place. What I say is, “Satan, get out of this situation, get out of this person’s mind, get out of my mind, and go where Jesus tells you to go.” I don’t dare rebuke him myself. There’s an incident in the Bible where the archangel Michael, facing Satan face-to-face, said, “The Lord will rebuke you.” (Jude 9). And so, I say to Satan, “Get out of this in Jesus’ name and for His sake. Amen.”