Friday, 2 September 2016

Dealing With Temptation (2) A Plan For Victory

Luke 10:19
"Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy..."

In my previous post we learned how to recognize what usually precedes temptation and what to do about it. Today I want to present to you a simple yet effective plan for victory over temptation.

1) No matter how often you fall, get back up.
'...Though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,' Proverbs 24:16. Growing into spiritual maturity is a life long process, and stumbling along the way happens to the best of us. Every time you turn to God in your weakness and allow Him to do what you can't do for yourself, you grow a little more spiritually.

2) Don't deny it, take it to God and deal with it.
'The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart...' Because God always responds to a repentant heart, He'll meet you at your lowest point. He'll walk you through your valley of regret and repentance and bring you out stronger.

3) Write down what the Lord has taught you through the temptation.
There's always a lesson to be learned; as you reflect on this you'll see what needs to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, Romans 12:2

Be sure to write down what new habits need to be integrated into your life. For example, it may be regular bible reading, prayer, or accountability to a trusted Christian friend. Perhaps you may need to identify weak spots in your character, or it may be a simple matter of watching yourself more closely.

4) Use what you've learned.
"And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."

Dear reader, today is a new day! Let this day mark a new beginning by using what you've learned to not only avoid falling again, but to help others facing the same temptation. You just never know how far reaching your personal testimony could be to another believer who may be struggling as you have.

5) Believe you can gain the victory.
'The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ... Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,' 1 Corinthians 15: 57-58. Dear reader, it's time to drop the 'I can't' attitude, and draw upon God's strength today, amen!

Have a blessed day
Paul
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