4 Strategies to Fight the Tug of Temptation and Sin

In a previous post, I wrote about a Christian’s struggle with sin and 4 lies we believe about our sin. Let’s take it a step further.

4 Strategies to Fight the Tug of Temptation and Sin

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In addition to taking a defensive mindset against the lies we often believe, we need to take an active approach to sin and temptation.

Here are 4 basic strategies to help you battle the tug of temptation and sin on your heart.

1. Make your time with God the most important part of your day.

Yeah, yeah, of course. Ho hum . . .

Wait! Don’t take this for granted. This is the single-most important priority you’ll do each day. That’s why you will find 87 good reasons (including ministry) not to make your relationship with God a priority.

Your time in the Scriptures and prayer should have as its goal a growing love for God.

2. Your mind is the secret to your spiritual life. Feed it truth to transform it.

Here are several great truths to meditate on each day:

Resist the tug

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3. When you do sin (and you will), confess it immediately—and then move on.

Keep short accounts with God and with others. Don’t allow unconfessed sin to weigh down your life. Grace is there for that very reason (1 John 1:9). Grace allows you to move on.

God’s forgiveness and grace give us the security to learn to obey.

Learning to obey God takes a lifetime. And God’s grace says that’s okay. (Tweet that.)

4. Commit to a small group that holds you accountable to basic Christian disciplines.

It helps tremendously to know you’re not the only one who struggles, to have encouragement and prayer from others, and to hear how others have learned to walk with God. (Feel free to download the list my group uses for accountability.)

Along our struggle against temptation and sin we have the joy of knowing that one day, God will bring us into His presence without temptation and sin.

Resolved: Never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruption, however unsuccessful I may be.—Jonathan Edwards

Question: What strategy helps you the most to fight temptation and sin? I would love to know. To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • emily

    Per suggestion from a priest during a Lenten retreat: write down list of sins I struggle with, pick one, read the gospels, write down every commandment Jesus gave regarding that sin, practice obeying, move to next sin…

    • That’s a great suggestion, Emily. Taking our struggles directly to the Scriptures for help is a wonderful strategy. Thanks for sharing that.

  • Monkeyputz

    When in doubt, just read the bible. It is a good thing to meditate on His teachings.

    • Well said. I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for your comment.

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  • Elizabeth Ann Wickstrom

    James 4:7 is my most helpful verse when tempted. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

    • That’s a great verse, Elizabeth. Thanks so much for including it.

  • Tiffany Heerema

    I pray “Jesus, I can’t deal with this. Will you please take care of this for me?” Sounds simple, but it refocuses my mind on the way out rather than the temptation itself.

    • I like that prayer, Tiffany. I’ve prayed it many times myself. You’re right, often we just need to refocus on minds on God’s promises and on truth rather than on Satan’s lies. Thanks.

  • Michael

    Heb 4:15 for we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses for he was tempted and tried on this earth, but did not fall to sin. So then let us BOLDLY approach the throne of our GRACIOUS god; there we will find grace and mercy in our time of need.

    • That’s a fabulous verse, Michael. So good. Thanks for sharing that with me.