1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as in common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
The best way to resist temptation is to not be in the presence of it. However, that may not always be possible. So, what’s another route we can go? We must learn how to take control of our thoughts. If we can do this, it makes it easier to yield to temptation when we are in the presence of it.
Program yourself to know and understand the word of God. Get to know the TRUTH and what he says about you. Leave the bad habits and worldly perspective in the past and focus on God’s purpose for your life.
Taking control of our thoughts can be a real struggle, but it doesn’t have to be-with the right approach. Changing bad habits can be difficult for many of us. It’ll definitely require a great amount willpower, consistency, and refocusing. It’s going to take some work, but it’ll benefit you in the long run.
Having the right perspective is key. However, you don’t just wake up with a new mindset or new perspective. You create it. You have to tell yourself you can and you will! And part of creating the mindset we want is knowing what we don’t want. We must do a cleanse to rid ourselves of all the garbage we’ve let in.
What and how we think determines our life. Whether we do good, or whether we do bad, it all starts with a thought. Your perspective on life and intentions are also key factors. They correlate with each other. So, if one is off balance, everything is off balance. Which is the recipe for self destruction. God did not intend for us to live our lives freely in sin. But, to live freely with peace, love, joy and compassion for yourself, and others.
What temptation tries to do is get us to sin against the word of God, and go beyond his protection. Temptation has been around since Adam and Eve, no person has ever lived without it! Satan’s goal has always been to separate us from God. We must remain ALERT.
Our perspective of life must be aligned with the word of God. We must communicate with God and resist the devil every single day. Starting with our thoughts. We respond to how we think. That means if I think negative thoughts, I’ll more than likely have a negative response, and vice versa. Our thoughts and focus should always be on all that is good. Any negative or sinful thoughts are sent from satan, and is not the truth about you and God’s plan for your life.
2 Corinthians 4:4 says, “Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers, so that they can’t, have no desire to see the truth.” We must cast down those thoughts. We must resist the temptation to commit sin. Seek God’s word for the truth. Satan is the father of all lies and will hide the truth from us, hoping we self destruct. Repent and ask God to forgive you for those thoughts.
It’s a power struggle with the Holy spirit within you and satan in the flesh. However, God is faithful to the believer. Therefore, you are enabled and strong in the lord to overcome the temptations you face. Never lose faith in the bigger picture satan is trying to distract you from seeing. Identify your weakness’s so that satan can’t use them against you.
He enjoys attacking us at our most vulnerable moments. Be strong in the lord; for when you are weak, he is strong.
When we pray, it strengthens our relationship with God. Build a relationship with him, and ask him to change your heart, mind, and perspective. He’s on your side and he will change your life if you trust and obey him. We must lean on him and persevere through all of the challenges we face.
Moreover, we must also learn how to keep a Godly perspective, and lean not on your own understanding. That will only confuse us. Our comfort and encouragement is found in the word of God. We can do ALL things for the spirit of God is always with us. Stay in the presence of the lord, you have the wisdom and knowledge already within you.
A very simple prayer I say daily-Jesus help me.