SOURCE: Dr. Ed Hindson
The first step in conquering temptation is to face our sin and its terrible consequences.
All too often, we try to rationalize away the seriousness of sin and thereby fall victim to its clutches. Sin is no laughing matter with God. It is rebellious disobedience to His law. If we will follow God’s prescription for conquering temptation, we can keep ourselves from falling into sin.
1. Admit to yourself that you are being tempted. Acknowledge your feelings. Face your temptation head-on and determine to do something about it!
2. Confess to God that you are tempted to sin. We are not only to confess our sins to God, but even the very fact that we desire to sin. Remember that God sees everything you are doing, and He knows everything you are thinking (see Psalm 139:2). Run to Him in prayer and ask for His help now, before you sin.
3. Seek the help of a Christian friend. Two kinds of friends are to be avoided: the harsh, censorious type and the over-lenient type. Go to someone who will help you turn from sin without turning from you. Ask to pray with that person. The Bible reminds us that we are to “carry each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2).
4. There are no excuses for failure. The Bible promises, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Others have won out over temptation; why should you be an exception? Sin is sin. Stop thinking about what to do, or why you are feeling overwhelmed, and decide to do what you know is right! “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
5. Trust God to give you the victory. He is faithful! If you really believe that, you will deal with your temptation by making “no provision for the flesh.” You cannot expect God to help you when, at the same time, you are preparing to disobey Him.
6. Take the “way of escape”! Get away from the source of your temptation. Don’t try to get as close as you can to temptation. Get as far away from it as possible!
Hindson, E. E. (1999). God is There in the Tough Times (99–100). Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers.