To surrender to temptation is to give away your freedom.

Every temptation is an attack on your freedom. Temptation tries to override your ability to say no and to enslave you to its command. Freedom requires continual resistance to temptation. To surrender to it leads to a downward spiral of ever increasing bondage.

Yielding to temptation never frees you from it. Every time you give in to it, a temptation gets a stronger hold on you. The greatest threats to your personal freedom are temptations.

Temptations make bondage look appealing and demonstrate that we don’t really want freedom as much as we say that we do. They try to override your freedom by compelling you to do something that you would rather not do. Temptation decorates a prison and makes it look like a party.

Temptation is a trap set to steal your freedom. The bait of bondage can appear beautiful and lead us away from freedom. When you step in to enjoy temptation’s bait, boom! You’re caught in it’s trap! To swallow the bait of bondage is to be fished out of the living waters of freedom.

If you seriously want to “fight for freedom” then resist and overcome temptation. To give in to temptation is to give up freedom.

Unwanted habits reveal the absence of freedom. Freedom comes from resisting temptation, not from surrendering to it.

Although people like to talk about freedom, we often prefer being in bondage to pleasure. Comfort often deceives us. It’s hard to think outside a comfortable box.

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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 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 in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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2 Responses to To surrender to temptation is to give away your freedom.

  1. Jon says:

    Chocolate! You are dangerously close to meddling now! ;^) Even if you are telling the truth!

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