You are standing at the line.
A line you never thought you’d face.
A line you said you’d never cross.
It’s a standard. A value. A non-negotiable.
Yet here you are facing the temptation to do wrong.
Maybe you have been asked to do something against your beliefs, or something illegal.
Maybe it’s not illegal, maybe it’s not black and white. Maybe it’s just gray.
Maybe you have allowed yourself to be lured into a situation. You have been lured, you have been captivated by the shiny lure and now you need to make a choice: take the bait or swim away.
What do you do when you faced with temptation in your workplace calling? Are you strong enough to say, “NO!”? To walk away? Here are four practical ways to fight temptations that you face and get victory:
1. Know the source
First, take a look at the source of temptation. Where is this temptation coming from? From the person who is asking you to cross that line? No. Is God the source of your temptation? No. You are.
Look at what God has to say about the source in James:
“And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong,and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.” James 1:13-15 NLT)
God isn’t trying to trip you up by putting temptations in your path. God is for you, not against you.
Temptations come from your own ‘lower nature”, or sinful self. It is part of the curse of sin, our old self, that follows us a round like our shadow, clinging to old ways and longing for momentary pleasure and ease.
Our hearts are desperately wicked, scripture says. How true it is!
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2. Know yourself
If the source of temptation to sin comes from within, then it makes sense to know yourself.
What environmental factors trip you up? Do certain places and people cause you to let down your guard?
What inward insecurities feed your desires? Do you want to be liked more than you want to do what is right?? Do you desire to be admired, or compliant, or non-confrontational?
What pride in your own goodness and strength has laid a trap for your to be blind-sided by your own weaknesses? Remember what God says through Paul,
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
(1 Corinthians 10:12 NIV)
Be aware of places in your heart where you think you are standing firm. Unwrap your places of both weakness and pride and hand them over to God to take care of for you.
Physical conditions can also make you weak to temptations. When you are tired, weak, hungry, or emotional, you will be less likely to think clear enough to say no. When I am having an exhausting day, or feel run down, I make a deal with myself that I will make no major decisions that day. I had to learn that about myself.
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3. Know your enemy
“The devil made me do it.” is a phrase that gets tossed around. Let’s be real, the devil doesn’t make us do anything we don’t already want to do. (See #1). Certainly satan has set up a world system that plays into our sinful and weak desires. He (and his cohorts) are dangling shiny lures in front of us daily. One look at what’s on the internet these days is proof of that.
When you know your enemy, you can know how to ignore the bait. satan wants nothing more than to totally destroy you. He doesn’t just want to just give you a bad day, he wants to take you out. He wants you to blow it big time.
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
(1 Peter 5:8 NLT)
satan doesn’t play nice, and he doesn’t play fair. Lions go after the weak, the sick and the separated. They are easy prey. So follow the advice in Ephesians 6 to be strong and healthy and connected in the Lord.
4. Know your Savior
Don’t try to fight temptation on your own. God never intended us to do battle without Him. God doesn’t remove temptation when it comes our way, he gives us the power to endure it and always provides a way out of it.
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT)
God is ready and more than willing to help us when we face temptation, but we need to ask for the help.
When you are standing there at that line, the one you said you would never cross, ask God to show you the way out. The way out is there, God promises us that.
- Ask for it
- Look for it
- Take it
Know that God is for you, not against you. He loves you more than you will ever know.
Will you be successful at fighting temptation every time? You have to tools for victory, it’s just a matter of using them.
But if you have, or do give in to temptation and you blow it, you should read this.
Start today to use these 4 things to fight temptation. Start using them before you need them. Then when you are standing at that line, facing that temptation, looking at that shiny lure, you will swim away, you will say, “NO!”, you will have the victory over temptation.
What about you?
How do you battle temptation in your life? in your work?
What did you learn by reading this that will help you?