CHAPTER TWENTY SIX: GROWING THROUGH TEMPTATION

“My temptations have been my masters in divinity.” -Martin Luther.

Everytime you choose to do good instead of sin, you are growing in the character of CHRIST. Galatians 5:22. To have the fruit of the spirit is to be like CHRIST.

GOD develops the fruit of the spirit in your life by allowing you to experience circumstances in which you’re tempted to express the exact opposite quality!

Character development always involves a choice, and temptation provides that opportunity.

Happiness depends on external circumstances but joy is based on your relationship to GOD.

We learn real peace by choosing to trust GOD in circumstances in which we are tempted to worry or be afraid.

Humility grows when you refuse to be prideful. Everytime you defeat a temptation, you become more like JESUS!

HOW TEMPTATION WORKS

From the Bible, we learn that temptation follows a four step process, which satan used both on Adam and Eve and on JESUS.

  1. Satan identifies a desire inside of you (always beware of shortcuts. They are often temptations).
  2. Doubt.
  3. Deception. We think temptation lies around us, but GOD says it begins within us.
  4. Disobedience.

OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

  • Refuse to be intimidated. You will never outgrow temptation. Temptation is a sign that satan hates you, not a sign of weakness or worldliness. Actually, the closer you grow to GOD, the more satan will try to tempt you.
  • Recognize your pattern of temptation and be prepared for it. Ask yourself, “When am I most tempted? What day of the week? What time of day? Where am I most tempted? Friends? When I’m alone? How do I usually feel when I am most tempted?”
  • Request GOD’S help. Heaven has 24 hour emergency hot line. GOD wants you to ask Him for assistance in overcoming temptation. Hebrews 4:16.

Temptations keep us dependent on GOD.

Just as the roots grow stronger when wind blows against a tree, so everytime you stand up to temptation you become more like JESUS.

DAY TWENTY SIX… THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE. POINT TO PONDER: Every temptation is an opportunity to do good. VERSE TO REMEMBER: James 1:12. QUESTION TO CONSIDER: What Christ like character quality can you develop by defeating the most common temptation? πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

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