posted on April 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm
Girls, if you’re struggling with temptation, please read this passage below from Rick Warren’s book, Daily Inspiration for the Purpose Driven Life: Scriptures and Reflections from the 40 Days of Purpose. This book is one of my favorites and it’s had a huge impact on my life! It’s something I’d like to share with you!
Written by Rick Warren:
From the Bible we learn that temptation is a four-step process. All temptations follow the same pattern. That’s why Paul said,
“We are very familiar with Satan’s evil schemes.” 2 Corinthians 2:11
Step one, Satan identifies a desire inside of you. Temptation always starts with your mind.
Jesus said, “For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, eagerness for lustful pleasure, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within.” Mark 7:21-23
“There is a whole [army] of evil desires within you.” James 4:1
Step two is doubt. Satan tries to get you to doubt what God has said about sin.
“Watch out! Don’t let evil thoughts or doubts make any of you turn from the living God.” Hebrews 3:12
Step three is destruction. Satan is incapable of telling the truth. He offers his lie to replace what God has already said in his Word.
Jesus said, “The devil was a murderer from the beginning, not holding the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, he speaks his native language, for her is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44
Step four is disobedience. You finally act on the thought you’ve been toying with in your mind.
“We are tempted when we are drawn away and trapped by our own evil desires. Then our evil desires conceive and give birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Do not be deceived, my dear friends!” James 1:14-16
[The above text was taken from Rick Warren's Daily Inspiration for the Purpose Driven Life: Scriptures and Reflections from the 40 Days of Purpose, which is available at retail stores nationwide. Read this passage and others via Google Books here.]