THE BEST SPIRITUAL WAY TO FIGHT TEMPTATION

Gordon 7

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When I was young I looked at sin as something I wasn't supposed to do. Today, I realize that God created me with a purpose in mind. Am I supposed to be worshiping and praising God? Should I be praying about helping others? Should I be doing good works?

What does God want us to do? Consider praying:

“Father, show me the plans that You have for me.”

Genesis 39:9 “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

When our lives lack purpose one sin seems like a simple negative. Then sin multiplies until it ruins us.

It is wise to consider one sin a great wickedness. It is wise to consider one look at sinful things as sin against God.

When we have wisdom, we avoid the trap. We stay free to be the shining light that God wants us to be. Consider praying:

“Father, give me the courage to be a shining light for You.”

Finally, today I look at sin as something that will cause destruction and keep me from joy.

Consider praying: “Father, show me the full destruction of sin?”

Consider praying: “Father, help me to hate sin.”

It is wise to love God and hate sin so that your life is filled with light.

Jesus is a spectacular light. Always work on the habit of running from sin so that He can shine through you.

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Gordon 7

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Satan advertises lust and porn as something spectacular that you have to have. God tells you in His Word that something dies or partially dies when we give in.

When I was a kid I was told repeatedly that sex before marriage was a sin... a horrible sin. I believed my parents. Avoiding that sin leads to increased happiness later.

I was almost never told that looking with lust was a disaster. I only figured that out after I was completely hooked.


There is an almost perfect parallel between how often you hear about what God says about lust and how easy or hard it is to quit.

Give me 30 Engineering students who are Christians who have memorized the verses for quitting, and you will likely see 30 students who have a sharply lower rate of porn in their future.

Give me 30 Bible students who read an occasional verse about lust, and who want to quit twice as badly as the Engineering students, and I will show you 30 students who struggle with porn for decades.

Why! We all know that Bible students are praying more, have more Christian friends, and are also attending classes on the Bible. But... the Engineering students are hearing directly from God about their habitual sin. They are getting all the information. Receiving power directly from God almighty about the sin that is plaguing them.

The good news is, you will memorize them by accident. If you are like I was 15 months ago you will be overwhelmed by lust all the time. If you fight temptation like Jesus did (with the Bible) you will know these verses. You will believe these verses, you will have confidence in these verses making your life better.

Porn kills you physically (with stress and less sleep), mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Proverbs 5:3 For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; 4 but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.

Verses about lust (https://www.openbible.info/topics/lust) heal you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Satan advertises lust and porn as something spectacular that you have to have. Jesus will tell you that purity and scripture are what you have to have.

If we hear Jesus' words as often as we hear satan's temptations, life will start getting great.

 

Gordon 7

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Habits are hard to break unless we believe the Bible. Many read a verse on lust, and then explain what it means. Instead, read it, say that it is true, then do everything you can do to change.

My daughter dated a guy who could explain away any verse in the Bible. He was an expert at “his” doctrine. With “his” doctrine no change was needed. Finally, I told my daughter to interrupt him when he was explaining away a verse, and say something like, “The verse is true, I believe it, and I will change to obey this verse.”

People gather together and say “We believe” such and such in regard to what a verse means. If you want to quit, let them say what they want, but silently, ignore them. Instead, join me and say that every verse is true as written. Say that the Bible is true and that it will set us free. Say about every verse, I believe it, I receive it, and I will change to do what it says.

If you believe people's explanations for what verses “really” mean, then, habits are really hard to break. If you believe every verse “As written,” then, if you keep your focus on the pertinent verses, quitting is just a matter of time.

A determined focus on the scriptures leads to increased obedience and righteousness. The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:


“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”

Believing the Bible as written leads to dynamic prayers and a great life. Believe it.

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Gordon 7

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Quitting porn causes us to miss the dopamine rush that our former destructive habit gave us. Music can sometimes help with that.
Put on some loud Christian music and see what happens.

Psalm 95:1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!”
Make some noise, and have some fun.

Psalm 105:2 ESV
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!”

Strive to make a habit of doing what this verse says, instead of dwelling on problems.

James 5:13 ESV
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.”

Today, I added this to my verses for daily meditation. Great stuff.

Colossians 3:16 ESV
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

Consider shutting off music that tempts you, or music that is just openly evil.

Consider praying:

“Father, help me to turn off the trash.”

Then put on some good stuff.

Psalm 150:1-6 ESV
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! ...”

David praised God eleven times in this passage. Consider reading this passage enthusiastically, exactly the way David wrote it. Then add two or three things of your own to praise God for.
Music and praise are two powerful habits to learn to replace the vacuum addiction causes. If we determine to make them permanent solutions, they will help us permanently.
 

Gordon 7

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Satan tempted Eve with an apple in the Garden of Eden. She gave in to temptation despite probably knowing God as closely as anyone in the history of the world. Why?

Satan is known as the shining one. When Eve talked with him he almost had a glow to him. When he talked to her she took in every word meticulously, as if he had something great to offer. He put on a great show then, and he still puts on a great show now.

Satan will fool everyone who is not prepared for his tricks. How to prepare:

1. Pray before and during every situation where you can be tempted:

“Father, help me to run from lust.” Every pray must be sincere with a strong desire to change.

  1. Focus on the fact that he will make a spectacular offer. It will be shiny, and beautiful and it will promise you great fun. Eve should have told satan about the 5 ways her life would be ruined if she ate the apple. We need to tell satan about the 5 ways our life will be ruined if we listen to him.

  2. Spend time in prayer every day. Pray about things you want. Pray even more about what God wants. Pray even more over scripture to learn how to do what God wants.

  3. Focus on believing God's truth. Satan conned Adam and Eve into doubting. Instead, consider saying: Following God's truth will make my life great.

  4. Focus on increasing in righteousness.

  5. I try to increase my focus on turning from lust every day.

  6. Believe the Bible, study it, meditate on it, and use it as your ultimate weapon to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Never listen for one minute to what satan is telling you. Fight him as aggressively as he fights you.

Last, the more we do these 7 steps, the more we will start to return to the Garden of Eden.

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Gordon 7

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The only thing a young heroin addict thinks about is the short-term fun that they want to have. Instead, they should think about being homeless, living in dangerous places, hurting relationships, and losing their relationship with God.

When temptation is about to overwhelm you, study the verses for quitting. Then, write down on a piece of paper, “Lust will cause me to lose _______. Fill in the blank 4 times, then write, “It will be twice as bad as I think.”

Preachers love to say, “Sin will take us farther than we want to go.” Saying it this way is underestimating sin as much as Eve did in the Garden of Eden. Try, “Sin will take us farther, and farther, and farther, and deeper than we want to go and ruin everything.”

Second, the Bible says in James 2:17 - Even so, faith, if it hath not works, is dead.”

In the original article, Mikey fought his way through his problems and started to try to find his purpose. He ended up with the most fun and the most joy, and he had a reason to live.

When we are 16 we believe that the person with the most girls, money, stuff, success, etc, wins. They do, but they don't have the most joy. They don't even have the most fun, because they always get themselves in trouble and are ruined by their short-term fun.

If you want joy, an abundant life, and purpose, commit yourself to God. Consider praying:

“Father, show me what you want me to think about.”

“Father, show me what you want me to do.”

 

Gordon 7

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The Bible is more important for quitting if you pray a lot and don't do what the Bible says. Prayer is an unused weapon if all you do is go to church and read a chapter of the Bible every day. The point is... satan wins when we are unbalanced in either direction. Most every person reading this is unbalanced and is on one side or the other (including the writer).

Some of you would be shocked to learn that my unbalance is not enough scripture and plenty of prayer. Since I more often tell you to read and study scripture all of the time. Why? Because I am trying to be more balanced.

Satan will use whatever you don't do enough to keep you in bondage.

Second, and this is just my opinion. Satan hates it when we study the Bible and when we pray, but he prefers for us to be unbalanced with less Bible study. Why? I spent decades praying about lust. Praying about anger, and greed. But then, in a moment of clarity, I started attacking these issues with Bible verses about them.

I am not saying prayer did not work for me. It did. I prayed and prayed and prayed about anger and God delivered me from that. But if you ask me today how to attack your anger, I will tell you to first look up verses on anger so that you can study, meditate and dwell on them until Jesus' truth about anger starts filling you up. Then, pray, pray, and pray consistently about anger to prepare for your next temptation.

But... I had such a stronghold of lust. Prayer alone did not work for me. The truth is, I really needed all that prayer, plus a focus on purpose, plus those Bible verses to pound it out of me.

Third; today, be honest about which discipline you don't do enough. Then consider praying:

“Father, show me how to be balanced.”

If you are a Bible pounder and you don't know how to pray. You are going to be shocked by what happens when you dig into prayer. If you love to pray and never give the Bible a thought other than a quick chapter a day. You will be shocked by the power it brings you when you dig into scripture about things you want changed in your life (It works better when the things are God's will).

Satan wants you unbalanced. Satan wants you in bondage.

Jesus wants you balanced. Being balanced more than doubles your weapons of warfare.

Double your weapons today, and determine to change your former lack of balance into a current strength. It will be a great decision.

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Gordon 7

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Satan tells us what we can get away with looking at, the same way he told Eve she could eat the apple. If we listen to him, we will get the same results she did. He tells us, you can look at ______, if that does not work he will say, you can get away with looking at _______. Or, it's not so bad if you look at ______.

Is it some huge sin if I stare a bit at a female who is not perfectly clothed? To understand the answer we need to review what we are supposed to be doing. If we were watching a movie last night we were supposed to be praising God during it, worshiping Him, and praying about what He wants us to do today, and what He wants us to do for the rest of our lives.

If we “cheat” and look at some borderline things in the movie we will certainly fail completely in doing what God wanted us doing. When we are busy doing what God wants us doing, it will be obvious when “cheating” is just plain old sin. Another ploy of satan that would have eventually sunk us.

Think about it, satan wanted to sink you last night, but he is real smart. If he fails in sinking you immediately he is happy to plant a seed in your heart so that you will sink later.

We are either raising our standards of turning from lust, or we are starting to fall into his trap. There is no middle ground. It's one or the other.

Last, consider praying about two points:

“Father, show me what I am supposed to be doing.”

“Father, help me to raise the standards in turning from lust.”

No cheating. Higher standards. Success.
 

Gordon 7

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Today you might be triggered by a swim meet, TV show, walking at the mall, etc. If we wait to pray after we start to be triggered we have already started to have trouble. Today I will use the example of trying out some new TV show that we think is clean.

The second we put it on we should consider praying, “Father, help me to turn from lust.” Even if it starts out clean within two minutes we should quote something like: Psalm 106:3 ESV Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!

Two minutes later we should consider praying, “Father, help me to turn aggressively from sin.”

Two minutes later we should consider praying, “Father, help me to run from lust.”

So... am I recommending praying something every two minutes? Nope, if you need to pray something every 30 seconds, do that. Whatever it takes to be prepared – do that. The point is to make sure your mind is focused on what you want before the temptation starts.

Second, always watch TV with the remote in your hand and always pray another prayer when temptation starts. The point is, we need a clear head when something risky starts. Yes, we can and must fast-forward it while we cover our eyes, but we must also have a clear head about making a good decision.

The Decision

Is it a short scene that does not show much at all? In that case, we can choose to fast forward and move on.

But what if they show too much? Or, if they keep on showing the wrong things. Stop and consider praying: “Father, should I stop watching this?”

Sometimes you will get a clear answer of “stop” if you pray that. But, sometimes satan has just fooled us again. We hit play, then four minutes later we “know,” the show is pure trash. Then we say, “If I don't stop, my life will be pure trash.” We stop.

Why go to all this effort? The Bible says in Matthew 6:

22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Consider praying: “Father, help me to not give up my “light” for a stupid TV show, or for a few wrong looks when I am out.”

First, be ready for temptation. Second, be ready to review the consequences at that moment. Third, keep praying and fight to make the right decisions. Forth, highly value living in the light. Fifth, there are plenty of clean TV shows.

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Gordon 7

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Psalm 27:10 ESV
For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.

This is a great verse to read every hour during each of the holidays. Spending time in the Word and in prayer has special meaning during these times. God knows about your exact situation and He cares.

Isaiah 41:10 ESV
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

When we focus on Godly things, He will strengthen us. Your future will be brighter after He strengthens you.

John 14:18 ESV
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

If you study ten of my articles during this holiday, they will really push you. But... life starts to really improve when we buy into the “I will come to you” part of the verse. When we focus on doing things God's way, change happens. When we go to war with sin, change happens. When we change first, the above promise starts to become a reality.

Psalm 147:3 ESV
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Read this every hour when you are lonely.

Psalm 25:16 ESV
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.”

David repented, then prayed this prayer. Then the Bible says that the Lord's Spirit returned to him.

Matthew 6:33 ESV
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

We start to get what we want in life when we follow this verse. This verse helped me overcome a lot of my issues. Read, study, meditate, and memorize these verses when loneliness overwhelms you. They are life-changing.

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Gordon 7

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I wrote that we shouldn't stare at a woman who was not modestly covered, last week. Someone replied and disagreed. I certainly disagreed when I was younger as well. What changed?

God freed the Israelites from Egypt's slavery. God wanted them to do exactly what He wanted, then He wanted them to go straight to the promised land. But life was tough in the desert. So some of them gave in to their lust. Here is a quote Paul made about the Israelites: 1 corinthians 10:8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died."

Ouch! But what about the Israelites who just committed some borderline staring? What happened to them? They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years and then died.

If we want to enjoy the borderline things of this world, then we “Want to go back to Egypt.” That way is choosing (even the borderline) pleasures of this world instead of exactly what God wants.

Instead, we can start doing what God wants us to do and head for the promised land. Consider praying:

“Father, help me to focus on doing things Your way.”

God had things for the children of Israel “to do” on their way straight into the promised land. Consider praying:

“Father, take away this spirit of lust, and show me what you want me to do.”

This week, every time you start to think a lustful thought, stop, and think about how the Israelite's sin caused them to wander in the desert. Then pray about being in God's will.

Last, write down things you need “to do,” in order to head in the direction of your promised land. God wants you to have a great life. The rules exist so that we can “know” exactly how to live in order to have a great abundant life.

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