What went through your mind when you read this post title? We all have our temptations but we usually don’t want anyone to know about them.
The Purpose Driven Life says; “While temptation is Satan’s primary weapon to destroy you, God wants to use it to develop you. Every time you choose to do good instead of sin, you are growing in the character of Christ.
“To understand this, you must first identify the character qualities of Jesus. One of the most concise descriptions of His character is the fruit of the Spirit: “When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
“How then does the Holy Spirit produce these nine fruit in your life? Does He create them instantly? No. Fruit always matures and ripens slowly.”
TPDL gives three specific steps to overcoming temptation:
- Refuse to be intimidated. Many Christians are frightened and demoralized by tempting thoughts, feeling guilty that they aren’t “beyond” temptation. They feel ashamed just for being tetmpted. This is a misunderstanding of maturity. You will never outgrow temptation.
- Recognise your pattern of temptation and be prepared for it. Proverbs says, “Plan carefully what you do… Avoid evil and walk straight ahead. Don’t go one step off the right way”
- Request God’s help. Heaven has a twenty-four-hour emergency hot line. God wants you to ask Him for assistance in overcoming temptation. He says, “Call on Me in times of trouble. I will rescue you and you will honour Me.
That’s a great way of looking at temptation – so empowering! Tomorrow we will learn about defeating temptation in the heat of the moment.
See you then.
PLEASE NOTE: Quotations in this and other posts relating to The Purpose Driven Life (usually entitled Day:?) are sourced from The Purpose Driven Life book by Rick Warren unless otherwise stated. This is an independant study and is based on my opinion and experience only. Copies of The Purpose Driven Life book are available for purchase from all good christian books stores, including Koorong. The first seven chapters of the book can be downloaded FREE from Rick Warren’s official site here.