By Joel Buckner on 17 Jan, 2013
One of the greatest battles we have in life is the battle of the mind. Whether we are going to do what’s right or wrong, if we are honest with ourselves, often time we fall prey to the desires of our temptations. Your temptation may not be to drink, have sex or do drugs, but maybe it’s to cheat on taxes, watch XXX films, be prideful or just be lazy. Voids, generational curses and our flesh shape these appetites. Simply trying to ignore them or fix them with human intellect will not stop them. I always say it’s prideful for a man to think that he can change himself. Jeremiah 17: 9-10 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” Your question may then be, “if I don’t know what’s in my heart how can I free myself from falling to these desire’s so that I can accomplish my purpose and be the example of God in the earth?”
James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation: for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” We must endure temptation because we have been given the power to overcome it when Christ died on the cross. But because we have been yielding for so long they have become habits. Now we could deal with the habits, but that would be like dealing with symptoms of a sickness and never finding a cure. I want to see you endure, overcome and live as a victor. There is a way of escape that is provided with every temptation, we just have to be willing to walk through that door.
Here are three keys that will help you do this:
The first key for victory over temptation, is to own your own lust. James 1:14 says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” We must partner with the Holy Spirit to show us truth, and then we need to be honest with ourselves. Once you are able to see your own lust, then you must track yourself. Track your ups and downs. Where is it that you often fall? What emotions and thoughts are going through your head? As you take rule and understand how your lust works, then you will have more control when the opportunities of temptation arise.
Find scripture in the word of God so that you can build a foundation of faith. Psalms 119: 11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” As you hide the word in your heart, it will increase your faith and belief about who you are in Christ. We mature and grow in our faith as we let the word of God challenge our heart and our issues. What we believe is what we will become.
The final key is practicing victory every day. We practice this by being proactive! Knowing what your limits are and the word are vital. Then we have to put them in action. Watching who we hang around and what environments we place ourselves in. Doing Romans 12:2, by renewing your mind daily. My pastor always says, “Who you spend time with is who you become in 5 years”. Constantly challenge yourself: Am I thinking like Christ? Should I be at this club? Can I call her right now the way I feel?
Jesus was the greatest example: He was tempted on all sides yet never sinned. God sent His Son to show us what we can do. We are children of God and His power is in you giving you the right to overcome anything in this world. Knowing and understanding your lust, hiding the Word of God in your heart and practicing victory everyday will help you to overcome any temptation.