This is a continuation of the article, How to understand any temptation in 4 steps. Understanding how temptation to sin works is necessary but overcoming it is most necessary.
Adopt the following strategies to overcome temptations in life:
Step 1-Understand Your Pattern of Temptation
Satan attacks every individual from his areas of least resistance. Every individual has unique weaknesses and strengths and devil attacks from the area of weakness.
There are conditions that make you more vulnerable to temptation than others. Some circumstances will cause you to stumble immediately while others may take time.
Satan knows what attracts and excites you most and would always use that as a bait to catch and destroy your relationship with God.
Some people may be prone to short temper while others may be to lust or drunkenness or envy.
It is your responsibility to determine where and when you are most tempted; what catches your fancy and who is always with you when you are most tempted.
Step 2- Don’t fear your Temptation
It is true that whatever you fear, you can’t overcome. Until you stop being frightened and demoralized by tempting thoughts, or feeling ashamed or guilty for being tempted, you will never outgrow temptation.
Devil doesn’t tempt those already doing his bidding. It is not a sign of weakness or worldliness but a confirmation that Satan hates you.
Temptation becomes sin when give in to it. God advises, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” You may be tempted with physical attraction or sexual arousal which is a normal response but when you give in to it, it becomes lust-a choice to commit in your mind what you would like to do with your body.
Martin Luther said, “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.”
Step 3- Ask for God’s Help
The strength to overcome any temptation comes from God. Ask for it. The best way to acquire it is by engaging in covenant time with God.
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