What are 5 no-brainer, intentional responses to temptation.
First of all, put first things first and ran away! Folks, I am not too proud to say it. There have been times when I have run away from things that might tempt me. Not walk away … but RUN AWAY! 2nd Timothy 2:22 is spot on, “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness…” In other words, run away from what is wrong and run with great passion towards what is right!
Now, if you cannot run away, deal with it right away! The longer temptation lingers, the larger the temptation grows! As Barney Fife would say, “Just Nip it in the Bud!”
What about dealing with temptation ruthlessly! Whatever you have to do to win over temptation, do it! Sometimes you have to bomb your own airstrips so that the enemy cannot land and use them! Let us all deal with what tempts us in a ruthless manner.
What about dealing with temptation rightly! There comes a time when a grown up looks at his or her temptations … and the results of giving into those temptations … and realizes that temptation -- and the sin that follows -- is not just about one person. I would implore all of us today to do what is right so that our exhaust will not destroy others. Today, please consider how yielding to a particular desire affects your health, your finances, your relationships, your homes, your marriages, your friendships, your heritage, your future, your legacy, your witness and the relationship that you have with your kids not to mention your grand kids.
TOMORROW ... I WILL ADD DEALING WITH TEMPTATION REALISTICALLY!