Without any question – the biggest problem that Christians have is temptation. By far, it’s the biggest problem. If you can eliminate temptation, you can eliminate sin.
A pastor once told his congregation, “I learned a great lesson from a dog.” He said, “His master used to put a bit of meat or a biscuit or some kind of food on the ground, and he’d say to the dog, ‘Don’t eat that,’ and the dog would run over and eat it, so the dog wouldn’t get a treat. And he put another piece of meat on the ground. He’d say, ‘Don’t eat that.’ The dog would go over and eat it, and again, no treat. Well, after awhile, the dog got the message: eat meat, no treat. So the dog decided he wouldn’t eat the meat.” But the man telling the story related how that the dog never looked at the meat. The dog evidently felt that if he looked at the meat, the temptation to disobey would be too great, and so he looked steadfastly into his master’s face and never took his eyes off him, and thus the temptation never caused a problem.
Now, temptation works like that. As long as we stare at it…as long as we look at the things Satan dangles in front of our eyes…as long as we entertain ourselves on that and feed on it, we’re susceptible. While temptation is a very common problem for all of us, victory over temptation is not! Our problem is the same problem the dog had. The problem is we entertain ourselves by looking at the temptation rather than staring into the Master’s face.
Here Are 5 Ways To Help Avoid Temptation Today
- Guard What You Look At. From porn to catalogues, from lust to covetousness, temptation starts with the eyes. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
- Put a greater weight on the long term consequences of sin than on the short term pleasure of it (play the end game… how will this end for me, where will it lead me)
- Everyday renew your sense of reverence to God. Because of God’s grace, I want to honor Him with my life! (Romans 12:1-2)
- Everyday take some time to fully focus on Christ. Whether its 10 minutes or an hour – focus on Him!
Hebrews 2:18 “Since he himself (Jesus) has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted”.