This post is the continuation and the conclusion of our previous post on temptation. See Help!I am Getting Tempted to read the first part.
4. Guard your senses
The Bible says: Guard your heart for out of it flows the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). And, the easiest way to guard your heart is by guarding your senses.
What music you listen to, what books, magazines or websites you flip through, what kind of movies you watch – they all carry an influence.
Ask yourself the question: What I intake through my senses, is it making me love Jesus more and pursue holiness more? Or is it influencing me to think more about my own selfish or worldly desires?
Your senses are gateways to your mind. Therefore ferociously guard what you see, hear and say.
5. Guard your Associations
Association births influence. So who do you associate yourself with a majority of your time?
Do you surround yourself with friends who are mediocre in their thinking? Friends who don’t have a vision for their lives? Friends who have bad habits?
Remember what you tolerate, you encourage.
1 Corinthians 15:33 says: Bad company corrupts good character.
Avoid bad company and unbelieving friends, who are leading you astray from the call of God upon your life. Instead, have mentors and friends with whom you can be accountable with, who can pray with you and counsel you in the ways of the Lord. The Bible says in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Also make sure you are a part of a spirit-filled church – Do not neglect meeting together with fellow believers (Hebrews 10:25).
6. Know what’s at stake?
Finally and most importantly, every time you get tempted ask yourself: What’s at stake?
Temptation always follows the Esau Syndrome – trading something that is of eternal worth in order to satisfy a short term appetite). Esau sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for a mere meal). Temptation will provide you with two choices. Sadly we often make the wrong choice because we look at the smaller picture, but there’s something bigger at stake.
So choose wisely.
Instead of choosing pornography, choose a healthy marriage.
Instead of choosing to throw junk and chemicals in your body, choose choose health.
Instead of choosing worldly friends, choose your God destiny.
Instead of choosing temporary pleasures, choose to set your face like a flint towards your calling.
Remember what’s at stake.
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