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The Best Way to Resist Temptation in Your Life

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Our smartphones have made access to pornography easier than ever. Mobile ordering fuels our craving for instant gratification. The ability to connect to just about anybody anywhere makes it easier to have illicit relationships.

Yet despite the tendency to blame technology for rampant sin, temptation has been a problem since the beginning of time. In truth, temptation has always been about choices—where there’s a will, there’s a way. If we want to do wrong, we’ll figure out a way to justify it. If we desire to do right, we will make a good choice even when it hurts—where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Where there is temptation, there is always a way—a way into temptation, or a way out of temptation.

Which will you choose? If you want to do right, how do you resist?

Look for the out

 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

How often do we fall into temptation simply because we fail to look for a way out?

Read the rest of my article over at TheCourage.com.

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22 thoughts on “The Best Way to Resist Temptation in Your Life

    1. I love the mercy of God. He could easily let us sink our own ship, but He longs for us to be close to Him, so He gives us a way through every challenge. Thanks for your excellent comment! God be with you!

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    1. It’s a fine line between bravery and stupidity, between cowardice and wisdom. When it comes to temptation, we can fall into a trap of over-confidence in ourself and underestimation of the enemy. It’s best not to play with that fire…

      Hope you are well, Beckie! I always enjoy hearing from you. Blessings, sister!

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  1. Why O why have I thought you were a man all this time? Not Elihu from Job? Even more impressive that you should tackle this subject!! I have made a covenant with my eyes… Oh that would be our cry!! Thank you “Sister” Elihu 🙂

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    1. Well, when I began this blogging adventure, my husband was in a dangerous job and we were strongly advised against any sort of social media presence. I wanted to write, but I also wanted to respect my husband’s wishes and protect my family. I came up with a nom de plume that suited my goal for this blog—to draw people closer to God—and to remain as unidentifiable as possible. My spouse has since changed careers and so anonymity has ceased to be a need. When The Courage asked me to be a contributor, I knew that the anonymity would vanish. I kept the nom de plume, however, because I think it fits my purpose. Elihu means, “My God is He” and the Elihu in Job proclaimed the majesty and justice of God.

      Thank you for your comment, and I’m so glad to see you back! God be with you.

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    1. I remember life before smart phones too. My husband got one shortly after coming back from 6 months away from home and I was so frustrated because he was absorbed by it and I wanted his attention focused on us. We both agree it’s a distraction, but we aren’t sure whether to ditch the tech altogether or just change how we use it. Still working on how to handle it. I should make that one of my goals!

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      1. My wife and I have been working on it too. When I get home from work I plug mine in in the bedroom and don’t touch it again until after dinner. Just having it handy makes messing with it easier. Out of sight, out of mind seems to be working for me.

        Tech isn’t bad, I actually rely on my phone for work. But it is hard to self-impose limits.

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      2. Yes! We have this trouble too. I need to remember that my use of tech will influence my kids’ future use, so I need to be more intentional.

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