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Are You Being Tempted?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The Word for Today

Written by Bob and Debby Gass

'...Your life is shaped by your thoughts.' Proverbs 4:23 GNT

Ever watch a food commercial on television and suddenly feel hungry? That's the power of suggestion. Whatever can grab your attention can capture you. Simply repeating, 'I must stop drinking, or smoking, or overeating, or lusting,' doesn't work because it just keeps you thinking about what you don't want.
Instead of trying to remove those thoughts, replace them. Once your focus is on something good, evil begins to lose its grip. Only by reprogramming your mind can you keep it centred on the right things. The Bible says: 'Don't let evil get the upper hand but conquer evil by doing good' (Romans 12:21 TLB). Satan can't get and keep your attention when your mind is given to something else. That's why Paul writes: '...Fill your minds with...good...' (Philippians 4:8 GNT). Fighting a thought is futile; it only strengthens the connection between you and it. By dwelling on it you actually reinforce it. Hit the remote; change the channel! Furthermore, you don't overcome temptation by fighting the feeling of it. The more you fight a feeling, the more it engages and draws you. Turn your attention to something better!

Your mind is where the battle is won or lost. Start managing your mind and monitoring your media intake. The Bible says, 'Your life is shaped by your thoughts.' The Psalmist prayed, 'Keep me from paying attention to what is worthless...' (Psalm 119:37 GNT). Is this easy to do? No, it takes discipline and practice. But with time, and God's grace, you can change the way you think and overcome temptation.

Read the Bible in a year

Old Testament Reading

Deuteronomy 1; Deuteronomy 2:1-23

New Testament Reading

Luke 9:57-62; Luke 10:1-24

Psalms Reading

Psalm 41:1-6

The Bible on one page

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PEARL10 4/4/2012 11:24PM

    Very good thank you. I have been listening to Joel Osteen lately. He talks about the same sort of things....think good & it will come to you!

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IMREITE 4/4/2012 12:41AM

    This is so true. i rarely even turn on the tv anymore because it has so much garbage and stupid commercials on it. i started readying books by a christian author. the stories are about people of strong values facing several temptations. It contains a lot of good lessons.

On the overeating theme, when i get tempted to snack, i try not to dwell on it. i started to pray/journal or just go do something for 5-10 min and i generally forget what i wanted to eat.

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