Friday, March 23, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 26

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 26 - Transformed by Temptation

Chapter Overview:  Rick walks through the four stages (or the progression of temptation to transgression).  He also points out that it's important to know where and when your weaknesses are.

2011 (40 years old)

Probably the most interesting thing I got out of this chapter was how Rick spun temptation in a positive light. Every successful resistance to temptation is a win. Even being tempted is good as it give you an opportunity to grow and know that you mist be doing something good to get tempted. In my case, when I'm alone, demoralized, and/or tired.
Transformed by temptation - I'm weak when I'm tired

2016 (45 years old)

Growing through temptation. Every temptation is an opportunity to do good. What Christlike character quality can I develop by defeating my most common temptation?  Love and Joy I think.  If I am growing in the character of Christ when I resist temptation, I think love and joy are the fruit of the spirit that I let get taken from me the most frequently.  The path of temptation:

  1. Desire. Temptation always starts within you - not from outside circumstances. Thoughts and shortcuts. 'You deserve it'. 
  2. Doubt. Is that really what God meant?  Is it really wrong?  Often a question. 
  3. Deception. The half truths that you use to justify the action. Or the Satan used to encourage you to do it. 
  4. Disobedience. The act. 

Recognize patterns and situations where you are more easily tempted - tired, depressed and doubt, when you see others do it (tv and movies). Call for help!  God has a 24 hot line.  When people are tempted and still continue strong, they should be happy


For background on what these 'Purpose Driven Life' posts are about, click this link.
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 1 - Its Not About Me
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 2 - You Are Not an Accident
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 3 - What Drives You?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 4 - Eternity In Our Hearts
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 5 - What is Life?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 6 - Life on Earth is a Temporary Assignment
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 7 - The Reason for Everything
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 8 - You Were Planned for God's Pleasure
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 9 - What Makes God Smile?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 10 - The Surrendered Life
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 11 - Friend of God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 12 - Friend of God II
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 13 - Worship That Pleases God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 14 - When God Isn't There
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 15 - Part of God's Family
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 16 - What Matters Most
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 17 - You Belong
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 18 - Life is Meant to be Shared
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 19 - Made for Community
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 20 - Restoring Broken Fellowship
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 21 - Unity of the Church
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 22 - Transformed to be Like Christ
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 23 - Transformed by Thought
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 24 - Transformed By Truth
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 25 - Transformed by Trouble
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 27 - Defeating Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 28 - It Takes Time
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 29 - Shaped for Serving God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 30 - Our Place in Serving
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 31 - Finding Your Specific Purpose
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 32 - Using What God Gave You
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 33 - How Real Servants Act
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 34 - Thinking Like a Servant
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 35 - God Uses Our Weaknesses
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 36 - You Were Made for a Mission
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 37 - Sharing Your Life Message
  • My Appendix to Chapter 37
  • My Testimony Based on Chapter 37
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 38 - Becoming a World-Class Christian
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 39 - Balance
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 40 - Living With Purpose
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