Tuesday, May 29, 2012

know when you are tempted most…

so how do i keep from falling into the traps of persistent temptations?  very good question.  well first of all you need to predetermine your pattern of temptation.

look at this, proverbs 5.6 (nlt), the immoral person does not care about the path to life.  she staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t even realize where it leads. 

if you don’t know your pattern of temptation you’re going to travel down certain paths not realizing you’re headed for destruction.  you’re headed for a crash.  you’re headed for a crack up. 

that’s why lamentations 3.40 (mgs) says this, let’s take a good look at the way we’re living and reorder our lives under GOD. 

if you can identify the patterns that tempt you, then you can predict the problems in advance and you can avoid those situations. 

and you have to ask yourself some questions if you really want to look at your pattern of temptation, so you can break through those bad habits you really don’t like about yourself, you’d like to change. 

one you ask, “when am i most tempted?” 

did you know that you are tempted on certain days more than other days?  and you are tempted at certain times of the day more than other times. 

for instance, on monday morning when you go back to work or you go back to school, you may be tempted to be frustrated, tempted to be short tempered, tempted to be irritated with people because it’s monday morning.  and those temptations may be totally different than temptations you face on friday nights. 

the temptations you face on saturday morning might be just to be lazy or waste time or be irresponsible when you know you need to do something.  so different days of the week you’re going to be tempted different.  certain days of the week certain things happen.  and it’s tempting to you.  so you need to know that.

also you need to know the time of day.  you may be tempted more in the morning or the afternoon or the evening.  late afternoon when your blood sugar’s low and you start to get irritable.  or you may be tempted at night.  what tempts you may tempt you after everybody else has gone to bed.  and you’re still up by yourself. 

so you just need to know when am i most tempted.

just a thought from the front porch…

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