SAYING NO TO TEMPTATION

Sir Hilliard, a renowned educationist once said, ‘a vacant mind invites dangerous inmates as a deserted mansion tempts wandering outcasts to enter and take up their abode in its desolate apartment.’ If we consider this statement well, we will really admit and cling to the belief that an idle mind is indeed the devil’s workshop.

Though some temptations do come the way of the industrious, it attacks the idle with vigor. No man can boast that he was never tempted, but it is only when we are idle that the temptation swallows us up like wild fire. If we therefore find ourselves engaged in something godly all the time, we will not or be less tempted. We must try as much as possible to keep ourselves away from the company of people who indulge in vices such as smoking, alcoholism, prostitution, gossiping, stealing, etc., because there is a saying that, “he who has no mind to trade with the devil, should be so wise to keep away from his shop.” The only reason to keep off that company is because you can be lured into practicing them to mark an occasion and before long occasions come more often than frequent, and this occasional indulgence turns a habit corrupting ones character in no time.

James 1:13-15 says that no temptation comes from God, but rather our own sinful desires. The Bible says that when desire has conceived it gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full grown, brings forth death. The highway of temptation surely has only one destination when one yields unto it: that’s death. If what tempts us comes from us, then we are the only people to fight them by controlling our thoughts and desires. The power has been given unto us to control whatever our desires conceive, life or death. To attempt to resist temptation and to control our dominant passions in our own unaided strength is like attempting to check by spiders thread the progress a ship borne along before wind and tide. You must always keep the good book (Bible) along with you and pray without ceasing lest you fall into temptation. Reading of the Bible is no doubt the best way to overcome temptation.

The power to overcome the enemy and trample upon him and his tricks has been given unto us. The Bible says in Luke 10:19 that, “Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you“. All we need to do is walk in the light that whatever temptation that comes our way is not meant to overcome us but rather the other way round. The power is in you to flee from temptation like Joseph did. Do not carry yourself about that you are bigger than temptation and so will tread its dangerous paths. My brother and my sister, that will only put you in the hard grips of sin which will consequently put you to death.

A second thought is also very important in overcoming temptation. You must always have a second thought before doing things because second thoughts as they say are the best, and character building also begins right from infancy and continues till death. We must also understand that every man is the architect of his own character. The food for thought I would like to leave you is: It will be better for you to shun the bait than to struggle or suffer in the share.

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