by chris benjamin
9/03/2011 / Christian Living
"When tempted, no one should say, 'God is tempting me.' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death" (James 1:1315). Now that we have identified what our sins are, it is time to isolate them and cut them out of our lives completely. Pray to the Lord for guidance in what steps to take to accomplish this critical turning point in our lives. This is where we lay out our plan to accomplish the goal of righteous living for God. Put a plan together that will limit the exposure we have to temptation and sin. We have identified what is sinful in our lives so now look at what triggers us to be tempted to sin. What is it that tempts us? Where is it? Who is it? Why and how does it tempt us? Look at our temptations from every angle. We must understand everything about our temptations to effectively battle against them. Dissect each individual temptation we have to see what is our best strength in combating it. Is it strong family support? Maybe it is a best friend to call on day or night for help. These are our constant allies in the fight. Call upon them to join in the battle of defeating temptation. An effective plan against temptation will also lead to righteous confidence in God for any tempting situation. We will be supremely confident because we know we have put the control measures in place to fight against temptation. Once we have the utmost confidence in God and ourselves, the next step is victory over temptation. We will conquer temptation completely in our lives with God at our side and with his plan securely in place for our guidance.
MISSION: Defend and counterattack
Now is the time to set up our defense against temptation and the plan for our counterattack. Make a list of all the temptations that we face in our lives. Now make a list of the defensive measures we can use to stop each temptation and advance in our daily lives. For example, if the temptation is drinking alcohol, choose to stay with someone who will keep us clean. Find a defense that works for each temptation. Counterattack temptation after our defense holds. Take the proper measures at home, work, wherever we go to strike back and eliminate the chance of temptation returning. For example, if gambling is the temptation, counterattack by seeking help from professionals in that area. Be active in our counterattacks and never stay idle in the fight against temptation.
Chris is the author of the inspirational book "Spiritual Basic Training" Learn more at www.spiritualbasictraining.com to complete missions for a Spirit-filled life.
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