Your mind is your most vulnerable organ in the body. It’s where all temptation begins. To reduce temptation, keep your mind occupied with God’s word and other good thoughts.
‘Fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honourable.’ (Philippians 4:8)
You defeat bad thoughts by thinking of something better. This is the principle of replacement. You overcome evil with good.
The more you think about something, the stronger it takes hold of you, which is why the Bible teaches that we should “run from anything that gives you the evil thoughts . . . but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right.” (2 Timothy 2:22)
Temptation begins by capturing your attention. What gets your attention arouses your emotions. Then your emotions activate your behavior, and you act on what you feel. The more you focus on “I don’t want to do this,” the stronger it draws you in.
Ignoring a temptation is far more effective than fighting it. Once your mind is on something else, the temptation loses its power. So when temptation calls you on the phone, don’t argue with it — just hang up!
Many years ago I was in a room, and in a potentially compromising situation.
I was praying like mad for the Holy Spirit to help me, and for Him to speak to me. Then all of a sudden He gave me the simple solution with two very simple words…THE DOOR. All I had to do was walk over to the door and walk out of the room. If you keep putting yourself in the way of temptation, no wonder that you’re struggling.
This is one time it is okay to run away. Get up and turn off the television set. Walk away from a group that is gossiping. Leave the theatre in the middle of the movie.
Don’t compromise yourself any longer.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 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.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.