Don’t Give Power To Temptation
Ramblings from Connor’s dad – On multiple occasions Connor has had a chance to listen or speak with Phil Downer. He admires Phil not just for his work in ministry, but also his service to our country in the Vietnam War.
Phil was talking to a group of guys one time about temptation. He assured us that we could be minding our own business, and temptations would still come along. He reminded us that temptation in and of itself, is not sin. How we react to it decides whether or not it’s sin.
He told a story of a man named “Steve” who shared with Phil that he went into the same convenience store every day. But, there was porn in that store that he had given in to several times. Phil told him that this one was easy…never go in that store again. Go find a slightly less convenient store to patronize. He did encourage Steve to call the store owner, who he knew, and tell him why he would not be patronizing the store anymore.
Why don’t I do that more often? Instead, I look for my Superman hair gel, leave my Clark Kent glasses at home, and think I can overcome “that” temptation with my super-human powers. Wouldn’t it make a whole lot more sense to just avoid that source of temptation all together. No, it is not a cowards way out! What did the very wise Joseph do when faced with his boss’s attractive wife, who wanted to sleep with him and grabbed him by his jacket to take him to her bed? He did not stand there and say I can withstand this, I will talk her out of it by telling her how wonderful her husband is. The Bible says he FLED!
We need to remind ourselves that this is a spiritual battle. The enemy is very patient. We need to constantly be on guard. And when all else fails…RUN!!…
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22)