4 Strategies to Fight the Tug of Temptation and Sin

4 Strategies to Fight the Tug of Temptation and Sin

by Wayne Stiles

In my previous post, I wrote about a Christian’s struggle with sin and 4 lies we believe about our sin.Let’s take it a step further.

Tug of war 4 Strategies to Fight the Tug of Temptation and Sin

(Photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan Neely. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

In addition to taking a defensive mindset against the lies we often believe, we need to take an active approach to sin and temptation.

Here are 4 basic strategies to help you battle the tug of temptation and sin on your heart.

1. Make your time with God the most important part of your day.

Yeah, yeah, of course. Ho hum . . .

Wait! Don’t take this for granted. This is the single-most important priority you’ll do each day. That’s why you will find 87 good reasons (including ministry) not to make your relationship with God a priority.

Your time in the Scriptures and prayer should have as its goal a growing love for God.

2. Your mind is the secret to your spiritual life. Feed it truth to transform it.

Here are several great truths to meditate on each day:

US Navy 061103 N 5307M 180 Sonar Technician Surface 3rd Class Anthony Coles right and Gunners Mate 1st Class Nic Heimsoth left assigned to the guided missle cruiser USS San Jacinto CG 56 pull the rope during a Surface 4 Strategies to Fight the Tug of Temptation and Sin

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tristan Miller. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

3. When you do sin (and you will), confess it immediately—and then move on.

Keep short accounts with God and with others. Don’t allow unconfessed sin to weigh down your life. Grace is there for that very reason (1 John 1:9). Grace allows you to move on.

God’s forgiveness and grace give us the security to learn to obey.

Learning to obey God takes a lifetime. And God’s grace says that’s okay. (Tweet that.)

4. Commit to a small group that holds you accountable to basic Christian disciplines.

It helps tremendously to know you’re not the only one who struggles, to have encouragement and prayer from others, and to hear how others have learned to walk with God. (Feel free to download the list my group uses for accountability.)

Along our struggle against temptation and sin we have the joy of knowing that one day, God will bring us into His presence without temptation and sin.

“Resolved: Never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruption, however unsuccessful I may be.”—Jonathan Edwards

Question: What strategy helps you the most to fight temptation and sin? I would love to know.

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2 Responses to 4 Strategies to Fight the Tug of Temptation and Sin

  1. Question: What strategy helps you the most to fight temptation and sin?
    Answer: The one you put first. I really think that giving God the FIRST time of the day, meeting an appointment to be ‘alone’ with Him is the key. We awake with a ‘Good morning, Lord. I’m looking forward to our day together and what You have planned for me’ . Then, before long we meet with Him in our ‘alone’ time and then continue with Him throughout the day, seeking His direction and enabling.

    I know I (me, myself) have no power to resist temptation, but “He in me” undertakes and enables when I turn to Him. He gives the victory.

    What an amazing God!

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Just keeping sincerely close to The Lord in thought, word, and deed will keep us under His wings where nothing can harm us. It will mean the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in us, His Word hid in our hearts lived out and a love for The Lord which propels us to please Him all the time.

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