I can resist anything but temptation.
Bob prefers order and control over chaos and interruptions. He’s been a Christian for years, but he still fights the temptation to be impatient with his children when their needs disrupt his life.
Sally finds solace in a strong drink. She stays sober for weeks, and then suddenly gives in to the temptation to drink all weekend.
John struggles with pornography. He is single and travels for work. When he is alone on a business trip, he sometimes watches sexually explicit shows on the hotel pay-per-view channels.
Kristen is a hard worker. Everyone in the office knows this, but they also know that several years ago she almost lost her marriage because of her work habits. She’s trying to balance work and home, but she still fights the temptation to achieve and to be recognized for those achievements.
Bob, Sally, John, and Kristen lead very different lives, but they are all struggling with the same thing—giving in to temptation. Can you identity with them? How many times have you tried to change a behavior or attitude only to find yourself doing the same thing again? Do these phrases sound familiar? “There I go again!” “I’ve had this struggle for years, and I just can’t seem to win.” Or “I do okay for awhile, but then I get caught in the same old sin.”
Each of us faces some kind of temptation every day. And, even though our temptations are different, our struggles are similar. We all have daily battles with temptation that stretch into monthly and yearly wars. Can those daily battles against your particular temptations be won? God, in his Word, says, “Yes,” and this minibook will help you to take a close look at what God says about how to win your battle with temptation. Learning how to handle your everyday skirmishes with temptation will prepare you for the times when your struggle with temptation becomes particularly intense. But you can’t win a war against an enemy you don’t understand. So let’s begin by learning about temptations: where they come from and why they are so hard to resist. You might be surprised by what you find out about you and your temptations.