how do you guys deal with temptation?
All depends I guess on the situation. Some temptations can be good, but others bad!. God has blessed everybody with agency, which is the freedom of choice. Me personally when dealing with temptation I look at it as a test from God, if possible I take a step back an look at the situation an I always try to deal with it in a positive way, the outcomes.Life is a series of circumstances, its all matters how we deal with it in THAT moment, wither it leads to bad news or good, its all how you deal with it.
By quoting the Word of God. "For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even dividing the soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12Here are some Bible verses for you to read. Memorizing Scripture is a powerful tool against the enemy!Philippians 4:8Hebrews 4:14-16Hebrews 2:181 Corinthians 10:13
I give in frequently, repent, and sometimes just make up excuses.But the best thing is not to put yourself in situations where temptation is unavoidable - no late nights with girls, no alone time with girls after dark, no going to the liquor store"just for a snack", no computer if people aren't home, no late night tv channel surfing by the ones you know have bad stuff, no hanging around people who will try to get you to do what they are doing (when it is sin of course) Read and pray every single day - this is huge - this is what makes us strong. Remember the Bible says to flee temptation not try and resist or fight it but get away from where it is.
Yes, I certainly agree with Needy Servant.
I've been struggling with temptation because I used to give in, repent and the cycle would repeat. Though God has forgiven me of all my sins (past, present and future) it's never a good thing to take advantage of God for anything. The best situation is to stay out of tempting situations. Though we continue to sin, it's always important that you repent. Here are some verses that help me remember why I shouldn't be two-faced with God and they'll probably help you, too. :)6. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7. Therefore do not be partners with them.8. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9. (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10. and find out what pleases the Lord. 11. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”15. Be very careful, then, how you live —not as unwise but as wise.16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
I really liked needy servants advice. I think its staying in Gods word but mostly just not putting yourself in situations where you'll be tempted. :)I agree with not too much time on the internet. I am trying to limit mine to several hours daily just to get done what I need to do. Find someone strong in their faith that you respect to be accountable to.