. Reveal your struggle to a godly friend or support group: You don’t have to broadcast it to the whole world, but you need at least one person you can honestly share your struggles with. Let me be clear: if you’re losing the battle against a persistent bad habit, an addiction, or even a temptation, and you’re stuck in a repeating circle of good intention -failure – guilt, you will not get better on your own! You need the help of other people.
Some temptations are only overcome with the help of a partner who prays for you and with you, encourages you, and hold you accountable. Do you really want to be healed of that persistent temptation that keeps defeating you over and over again? God’s solution is plain: Don’t repress it; confess it! Don’t conceal it; reveal it. Revealing your feeling is the beginning of healing.
Hiding your hurt only intensifies it. Problems grow in the dark and become bigger and bigger, but when exposed to the light of truth, they shrink. You are only as sick as your secrets. So, take off your mask, stop pretending you’re perfect and walk into freedom.
” The truth is, whatever you can’t talk about is already out of control in your life. If you could handle it on your own, you would have already done so. But you can’t. Willpower and personal resolution aren’t always enough!”
. Resist the devil & realise your vulnerability: How can we resist the devil? Paul tells us, ” Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”. The first step is to accept God’s salvation. You won’t be able to say no to the devil unless you’ve said yes to Christ. Without Christ, we are defenceless against the devil, but with “the helmet of salvation” our minds are protected by God. Remember that if you’re a believer, the enemy can’t force you to do anything. He can only suggest.
Please, don’t ever try to argue with the enemy. He’s better at arguing than you are, having had thousands of years to practice. You can’t bluff the enemy with logic or your own opinion, but you use the weapon that makes him tremble – the truth of God. This is why memorizing one scripture a day is absolutely essential to defeating temptation.
If you don’t have any Bible verses memorized, you’ve got no bullets in your gun! I challenge you to memorize one verse a week for the rest of your life and see how much stronger you’ll be. God warns us to never get cocky and overconfident; that’s the recipe for disaster. Jeremiah said, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure”.
That means we are good at fooling ourselves. Given the right circumstances, any of us are capable of any sin. We must never let down our guard and think we’re beyond temptation. Don’t carelessly place yourself in tempting situations. Avoid them. Remember its easier to stay out of temptation than to get out of it.
Have a lovely weekend void of any temptation.
Love & Blessings
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