10 Ways to Deal with Temptation

Temptation is a daily phenomenon caused by the Fall back in Genesis 3. As children of God, we must fight it, but how? Here’s ten things that can help you fight temptation:

  1. When being tempted, state it to yourself. The first step to dealing with a problem is admitting you have one.
  2. Identify the area of temptation. Don’t be vague, be specific. No one goes to battle and says “The enemy is somewhere over there.”
  3. Identify what you want and what you need. Determine which one is right. (Hint: God’s Word is always what we need, and is always right.)
  4. Keep your eyes on Jesus. If your eyes are on Him, you won’t want to do anything that displeases Him.
  5. Pray for strength against temptation before it comes. Be an offensive strategist against temptation.
  6. See yourself as a resistor. Remind yourself of who you are in Christ and “{have} confidence in this very thing.”
  7. Learn to stand strong or flee. Fight or flight. Don’t be stupid and intentionally bring overwhelming temptation on yourself.
  8. Walk with like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ. Don’t spend time with rebels against Christ. Spend time with those who will encourage you toward Christ. A three-stranded cord is not easily broken.
  9. Remember your purpose. There is an eternity, and by following Jesus you will bring glory to His name which is the ultimate purpose of man in this life and the next.
  10. When you have victories, celebrate with Jesus. See it as a win and use it as strength for resisting the next temptation.

Temptation wars against sanctification, and neither will be over until death. Since temptation never stops, we have to continually fight it. If we don’t, we’re losing. When we lose, we misrepresent our God. If we always let the Devil win, we should check to see if we’re truly saved or not.

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