How to survive temptation island

Temptation’s a salesman trying to convince you that evil will be good for you. It never tells you the whole truth, but always relies on lies and deception. Temptation is deceptive because it makes evil look attractive.

Most people don’t need to be led into temptation. We can find it on our own. Once you accept a particular wrong behavior as normal and acceptable, temptation has done its job. However, temptation is never satisfied. It always has other wrong things that it wants you to do.

Temptations are common. Everybody’s got them. You can’t keep them from approaching you, but you don’t have to let them stick around. Temptation is easier to avoid than to defeat.

Surrendering to temptation produces long-term sad-effects like, guilt, depression, and pain-filled circumstances. Temptation is a slick scoundrel, that wants to cheat you out of life’s best.

Many Christians have surrendered to the temptation to disobey Jesus’ command: “Love your enemies.” Every time temptation wins, God offers forgiveness and healing if we want it.

No one has immunity to temptation. Always stay 6 feet away from it! Those who overcome temptation know how strong it is. Those who give in, don’t. Temptations are deception clothed with desire.

Temptation and conscience are in combat. Who’s side are you on? If you silence your conscience, temptation will easily pull your strings. When you’re in deliberation with temptation, call on your conscience to help you. Beef up your conscience and it will guard you from much temptation.

The cheese may look really good, but temptation is a mouse trap ready to spring. To be good at giving in to temptation is to fill your life with pain. The more you allow a temptation to grow in your heart, the harder it is to resist.

Temptation can be overcome. Few people do every wrong thing that tempts them. Temptation points to pleasure, but hides the destruction contained in that pleasure.

If you let the desire to do wrong, pull you along, you’re controlled by temptation. To want to do wrong is temptation; to do wrong is evil. However, temptation doesn’t announce itself as evil. Instead it offers to give you what you want.

Temptation makes self-destructive behaviors desirable. Wisdom resists them! When we give in to temptation it’s easy to accuse & blame others for our failure.

If you seldom try to resist temptation you’ll be unaware of how strong it is. It’s easy to jump when desire calls, but it takes fortitude to fight temptation.

Refuse to follow anyone or anything that tries to lead you into temptation. To be led by temptation is to be a prisoner of desire. To resist it is freedom.

One of life’s strongest temptations is to believe that you’re a good person. See Romans 3:10.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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