Temptation tugs hard at our hearts at times. It’s like pulling a rope tied to an elephant. In this tug-of-war with our hearts, we need a mindset that goes beyond a defensive strategy and takes an active approach to sin and temptation.
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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.
It’s easy to cast this aside. Or to tell ourselves, I’ll spend time with God after I do this quick other thing. Many things seem more urgent—and they are. But none are more important.
God’s forgiveness and grace give us the security to learn to obey.
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.)
Resolved: Never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruption, however unsuccessful I may be.—Jonathan Edwards
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.
Tell me what you think: What strategy helps you the most to fight temptation and sin? I would love to know. To leave a comment, just click here.