Resisting temptation

31 Jan

Here are a baker’s dozen of practical ideas I have found to be helpful in resisting temptation and avoiding sin, especially as it relates to sexual temptation:

  • Remember who you are in Christ (Romans 6:1-14).
  • Listen to the alarms.
  • Recognize when/where you are vulnerable.
  • Limit your input (Job 31:1, 7, 9). The more input you receive, the harder it is to be satisfied with one person.
  • Don’t be a temptation to the opposite sex. (Women – Dress thoughtfully, so as not to tempt a man. Men – Speak carefully, so as not to flirt with a woman.)
  • Count the cost (Colossians 3:4). Think of the consequences.
  • Ruthlessly kill temptation (Colossians 3:5).
  • Satisfy each other in marriage (Proverbs 5:15-20), so as to protect your spouse from being tempted.
  • Call someone. Maintain accountability.
  • Run! (1 Corinthians 6:18; 2 Timothy 2:22).
  • Rely on God’s Spirit (Galatians 5:16).
  • Guard your heart.
  • Pursue Christ.
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Posted by on January 31, 2009 in Personal growth, Scripture, Theology


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