Temptation to sin has a broad spectrum of application. It can be telling a little-white-lie or a big fat in-your-face lie. It can mean inflating numbers on a work report or stealing a widow’s retirement account. It can describe lusting after a person or having a full-blown affair. At some point in our walk with Christ, we will be tested. We will be tempted! The Bible makes it clear we are not bad people because we are tempted. How we handle the temptation, however, says a lot about who we are at our core. says,
Just as temptation begins in our mind, we can use our mind to combat following through and ultimately committing sin.
The next time we are tempted to commit sin, use our minds in any variety of ways to help resist. One way is to focus on something else. Call a friend. Go for a run. Schedule a volunteer opportunity at a homeless shelter. Share the temptation with a trusted Godly friend. Read the Psalms. Redirect thoughts. Another way is to think about consequences of the intended sin. How will it inflict pain or suffering? Will it be worth the potential emotional and practical consequences? A great way to fight temptation is to pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to provide the necessary strength to stay strong! Ask Him to bring-to-mind Scripture references to help the fight.