Overcome Temptation

OVERCOME TEMPTATION

Learn the secret of taking your thoughts captive to Jesus Christ


ABOUT TEMPTATIONS THAT SO EASILY BESET MEN


During the fall season every year, all nature moves into a state of transition, preparing for the cold, austere starkness of winter.

Autumn is a particularly exciting time for the fly fishermen, for this is the time trout are driven by an almost insatiable hunger to feast in order to fortify their bodies against the scarcity of winter food.

The goal of the fly fisherman is to catch trout through skillful deception. The adept fisherman studies trout behavior, weather, the water current, and the types of insects trout eat and when those insects hatch.

He will often craft by hand the lures he uses. He knows these artificial insects embedded with tiny hooks need to be a perfect deception because the trout will identify even the slightest flaw and reject the fly.

What a thrill it is to watch a trout break the surface of the water, inhale the fly, and resist until it is finally exhausted and reeled in.

The test is the pitting of the fisherman’s knowledge and skill against the noble trout.

The use of artificial lures to fool and catch a fish is an example of the way Lucifer often baits, tempts, deceives, and tries to ensnare us.

Like the fly fisherman who knows that trout are driven by hunger, Lucifer knows our “hunger,” or weaknesses, and tempts us with counterfeit lures which, if taken, can cause us to be yanked from the stream of life into his unmerciful influence.

Unlike a fly fisherman who catches and releases the fish unharmed back into the water,


Lucifer will not voluntarily let go. His goal is to make his victims as miserable as he is. Once the hook is set, he then simply pulls on it any time he wants to bring you closer to himself. The ultimate goal of Satan is to reel you in so he can devour you.

Remember, because he [Lucifer] was kicked out of heaven, and has been cursed to a miserable existence on earth forever, he seeks also the misery of all mankind

Lucifer is a clever and cunning intelligence. One of the main methods he uses against us is his ability to lie and deceive to convince us that evil is good and good is evil. Right from the very beginning in Heaven,

Satan sought to be just like God so that he could control man. After the fall, he has been banished from heaven.

Now, his singular goal is to take as many of God’s creations to hell with him. He is Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, who deceives and blinds men and leads them captive at his will.

The battle over a man’s soul continues day after day. Satan and his minions have their lures all around us, hoping that we will falter and take his flies so he can reel us in with counterfeit flies.

He uses addiction to steal away our conscience and morality. According to the dictionary, addiction of any kind means to surrender to something, thus relinquishing your will and becoming dependent on some life-destroying substance or behavior.


LEARN HOW THE BRAIN WORKS DURING SEX


Researchers tell us there is a mechanism in our brain called the pleasure center.
amygdala – regulates emotions

nucleus accumbens – controls the release of dopamine
ventral tegmental area (VTA) – actually releases the dopamine
cerebellum – controls muscle function
pituitary gland – releases beta-endorphins, which decrease pain; oxytocin, which increases feelings of trust; and vasopressin, which increases bonding

When activated by certain pharmaceutical drugs or sexual behaviors, it overpowers the part of our brain that governs our willpower, judgment, logic, and morality.

This leads the addict to abandon what he or she knows is right. And when that happens, before you know it, the hook is set and Lucifer takes control of your mind, will, and body.

Satan knows how to exploit and ensnare us with artificial substances and behaviors of temporary pleasure. I have observed the impact when one struggles to win back control, to become free from destructive abuse and addiction, and to regain self-esteem and independence.

Some of the most addictive drugs that, if abused, can hijack the brain and take away one’s soul include nicotine; opiates—heroin, morphine, and other painkillers; tranquilizers; cocaine; alcohol; marijuana; and methamphetamines.

The Key is to recognize how you can recognize the temptations that have been and will be thrown your way by the master fisherman, Satan.

KEY STEPS TO TAKE TO ELIMINATE TEMPTATIONS


1. WHEN DO TEMPTATIONS COME? In my own life, it was when I was tired and alone. When my wife was at the store or working and the house was empty, instantly the temptation arrives.

The drug inside my brain reacts to the ‘thought’ that floods my mind.

Suddenly, I feel compelled to yield my members to sin. However, now knowing that this is why I am most commonly tempted, then I choose as an act of my own will, to start praying for someone else; someone who is in chains to satan’s bounds.

Why? Because by praying for someone else, I am taking my focus off me and my problems. Secondly, there is a spiritual reward when you pray for others.

The non-omnipresent demons have to flee you and rush to protect the person they have in their possession that you are praying for.

So the lesson to learn is this: when you are most at risk of yielding to sin, pray for someone else.

2. ELIMINATE THE TEMPTATION’S PLATFORM
If pornography is on your desktop, install a blocking app or setting to prevent access to adult sites. If your sin is when you shower in the dark, turn on the light and pray for others as you bathe.

3. FOCUS ON THE WORD OF GOD TO TAKE YOUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE TO JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ was tempted by Satan. In every occasion and every conversation, Jesus turned to Satan saying, “IT IS WRITTEN” and then quoted scripture.

You overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of your testimony. Thus, when you are tempted, remind Satan that you have been bought with a price and it is written that he cannot land on you without a license, thus declare and decree to satan that he does not have a license to land on you because you have been bought by the Blood of Jesus Christ.

4. CHOOSE TO WALK IN THE LIGHT NOT DARKNESS
To those who are dealing with an addiction, I repeat, fervent prayer is key to gaining the spiritual strength to find peace and overcome an addictive craving. Heavenly Father loves all of His children, so thank Him and express sincere faith in Him.

Ask Him for the strength to overcome the addiction you are experiencing. Set aside all pride and turn your life and your heart to Him.

Ask to be filled with the power of Christ’s pure love. You may have to do this many times, but I testify to you that your body, mind, and spirit can be transformed, cleansed, and made whole, and you will be freed. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

5. ASK FOR HELP FROM ANOTHER MAN
Submit yourself to accountability with another man. Someone you can trust. Someone who won’t judge you, but will be a strong man to help you not give in to your temptations.

Call your pastor, priest, counselor or here online email your mentor. You are not alone. Someone will help you. Contact the Author by Email right now!

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