How do you fight temptation? Especially the type of temptation a part of you is willing to flirt with and see just how far you can go...
Most times we psyche ourselves a lot and mentally check the items off the list one after the other:
- I'm stronger than this... I can actually go and nothing will happen
- For a couple of years now I've made right choices regarding this, so it doesn't matter anymore, this weakness no longer has power over me
- I'm on fire for the Lord... I can will myself not to do this and I won't. ...
And oh the invitation looks better and better with each passing minute until you can just physically touch it.
Scripture says (1st Corintians .10 :13) No temptation has overtaken you except such as is 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.
One of your ways of escape is to just walk in the opposite direction from the beginning. When your head begins to tell you that you have nothing to worry about, that you are in control, that you are over analyzing the situation; that's the time you need your feet to run very far from that invitation that MAY lead you to compromise your morals, your beliefs, your faith, your resolution etc. You can never get burnt if you are no where near the fire.
Temptations are everywhere. ..on a daily basis the opportunity to do the wrong thing comes knocking. The difference between whether you fall for it and let God, yourself and your loved ones down lies in the choices you make at those times. You always have a choice.
You know your weaknesses, these are areas in which you struggled at one point in your life and fell over and over again until you finally got a grip on that area...even though now your mind is very sure you'll never fall again, I'd like to inform you that your flesh hasn't and will never get that memo.
How to fight temptation: Take the way of escape...there is always a way of escape. Take it. Don't stand there and try to fight it because your flesh would not fight with you. 99% of the time your flesh will let you down. Just flee, its better to be safe than sorry... thus take the way of ESCAPE FROM whatever it is that's tempting you at that time.
You'll be glad you did
Have a very good week ahead