Fighting Temptation 101

If we truly believe the record of the Scriptures, we are forced to accept that there is a way out of every temptation and sin (I Cor. 10:13).  If we truly seek the Lord’s help, He will deliver.  God is faithful.  For men like Lot or the pre-deluvian world, God always sent a preacher to warn of sin and judgment.

In our day the preacher who points out sin and unrighteousness may be branded as intolerant, uneducated and uncouth, but the Bible still declares what is right and what is wrong.  The standards of men might change, but God’s rules never change.  If we want victory, we may find it in Christ, but consider for a few moments the following thoughts in fighting temptations and sins.

DON’T MAKE PROVISION FOR THE FLESH

The Word of God says in Romans 13:14, But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts therof.  When fighting temptation, ask yourself this question: “Am I making it easy for myself to fight this, or am I making it hard to accommodate my addiction?”

When fighting the things of the world, the things of the flesh and the Devil himself, we must remain in constant vigilance.  We are at war.  First Peter chapter two and verse eleven says, Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.

Do not make it easy to sin.  Know your flesh well enough to know where it should not be taken, what it should not see, whom it should not fellowship around or when your time of temptation is the strongest.

SEE SIN THE WAY GOD SEES SIN

Several months ago I was counseling with a young man who is addicted to pain killers.  He has sinned against many, many people, even those who should be dearest to him.  He would say, “I really want to quit.  I want to stop.  How can I change?”  

The Lord led me to say to the young man, “Do you like drugs?  Do you like the way they make you feel?  Do you like the escape you experience when you take them?”  Of course, the answer was, “yes.”  I then began to describe to him that until he sees God for who He is (HOLY) and sin for what it is (THE MATERIAL THAT HUNG JESUS ON THE CROSS), he was not going to change.  HE WAS STILL SINNING BECAUSE HE REALLY LIKED IT!

To truly be right with God we must confess our sins.  We must agree with God about our sins and addictions. Do we really agree with God about our sins?
For example, the Bible says, Who hath woe?  who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?  They that tarry long at the win; they that go to seek mixed wine.  LOOK NOT THOU UPON THE WINE when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright (Prov. 23:29-31).  Now, do you agree with God about alcohol?
David said, I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me (Psalm 101:3).  Job said of the same sin, I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid (Job 31:1).   DO WE AGREE WITH GOD about pornography?
God said, Six things doth the LORD hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him…a false witness that speaketh lies, AND HE THAT SOWETH DISCORD AMONG BRETHREN (Prov. 6:16, 19).  Do you agree with God about gossip?
Indeed, it’s really hard to break additions until we really believe they are the substance of sin and what put our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.

REPLACE YOUR ADDICTION WITH THE WORD OF GOD AND PRAYER

Get busy about the things of God and you will not as much time to fool around with sin.  Your addiction must be replaced by the things of God.
If we were to mend ourselves, rehabilitate ourselves, heal ourselves or fix ourselves, this world would have no need for God.  However, as we look around in our daily lives, we clearly see that this whole world is in great need of a Saviour!  A Saviour is one who delivers you.  Do you have a Saviour?  Do you have one who is setting you apart from sin and to Himself?
The Bible says, Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee (Psalm 119:11).  By replacing sinful habits with sanctifying habits, we will be draw to Christ and from those habits.  When discouraged or overwhelmed by your failure to overcome, ask yourself, “Have I been spending quality time with Jesus Christ?  Have I been reading His Word and giving myself wholly to Him?”    Are you diligently asking Him in prayer to deliver you?
Are you being faithful to the church where the Spirit of God is taking the Word of God to sanctify the people of God?  Jesus said in Matthew 5:6, Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they SHALL BE FILLED. 

If you want deliverance, restoration and healing, don’t make it easy to sin, agree with God about your sin and replace your addiction with the Word of God and prayer.

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