temptation and choice

How Do I Say No?

Temptation is a part of life. It comes in many forms and at varying strengths, but in the end it is all about getting something we think we want even if that something pulls us away from the will of God. Temptation in and of itself it not a bad thing as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 10:13. He says, “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.” What does this mean? It means that we have the power to say “No!” to temptation when it comes.

Temptation starts in the mind. When the thoughts arise, we know that we can turn to God and align our minds with His. We focus on His Word and His will. Temptation only survives if we dwell on thoughts that counter God's intentions for our life. It is like a fire; the more fuel we give it, the longer it lives; no fuel means the temptation starves and dies. When we focus on God’s Word and on His will, we gain the strength to choose Him over temptation.