Monday, August 08, 2005

Temptation Investigation: Frustration

I believe that every sin we commit is based upon our failure to overcome everyday temptation situations. Because of this, and the amount of temptation that is spread around this sinful world, I've decided to put on a spiritual seatbelt and dive into an up-close-and-personal look at temptation. In this multi-post study, I am going to talk about certain aspects of temptation in a piece-by-piece format.

It is easy to become overwhelmed by the temptations of this world; it is just as easy to get spiritually frustrated because of them. The reason why we all have so much trouble with temptation is because our flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41 says, "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." Inside we all truly want to overcome our temptation situations but because of our human bodies this task is much harder to handle.

Matthew 26:41 gives us great instructions though on what to do in order to make it through our temptation situations. It says, "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation." It is not possible for us to completely stay away from temptation, especially in the temptation filled world we live in. But what we can do is watch out for these temptation situations and pray about them when they occur. One of the easiest things to do when you are in a temptation situation is to freeze up and fall right where Satan wants you; that is why we all must figure out how we will handle different situations before we come in contact with temptation. The earlier you decide to do the right thing when a temptation situation comes around, the easier it will be for you to overcome it when you are in its midst.

Throughout your day, recognize the times when you feel tempted. Remind yourself that you cannot overcome the temptation by yourself because of the weakness of your humanly flesh. Once you stop depending on yourself to overcome your temptation situations, you will find yourself relying more on God. The more you rely on God, the easier it is to allow the Holy Spirit inside you to conquer the temptations that come your way.

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