Monday, March 26, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 27

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 27 - Defeating Temptation

Chapter Overview:  Rick talks about to defeat temptation resistance is futile. It's like a self defeating prophecy.  The best thing to to do is run.  The bible says resist the devil not temptation.

2011 (40 years old)

Defeating temptation - respecting my bride - image of a bride's dress and flowersHaving a couple of days to think about this chapter I think I've realized that the temptations I've been dealing with are more subtle than I thought. One reared it's head at small group last night again - I only realized that it was an issue last night. I don't honour Ewa in how I talk about her. And I need to if I'm being transformed into the image if Christ. The church is his bride and I can't see him making comments like I did when she isn't present. I need to honour her on my thoughts too. That's where it all starts.
I also get tempted with the get rich scheme of lotto max - winning the lottery. If God is my provider, why is that a temptation? And finally, the last one that kind of hit home with me was the question in small group - is there a good thing getting in the way of a better thing? - and I thought about all this extra software work that I do in the evenings.  Is it really what God wants me to do with my evenings and weekends? Am I getting my sense of self worth out of the work I do, or how much I make, or who I am in God?

2016 (45 years old)

There is always a way out. 'God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted he will show you a way out so that you will not give into it' 1 Cor. 10:13. Who could I ask to become a spiritual partner to help me defeat a persistent temptation by praying for me?  Ewa. Four steps to defeating temptation:
1. Refocus your mind on something else. Spiritually you mind is your most vulnerable organ. I need to be conscious of my thoughts. Defeat bad thoughts with good, thankful thought - the principal of replacement.
2. Reveal you struggle to a Godly friend or support group. Find accountability.
3. Resist the devil. Defy him. Best do this with scripture like Jesus did. Don't argue. Just say no and use scripture for your why.
4. Realize your vulnerability. Be humble - the heart is deceitful above all things. Be vigilant.

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