Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Blog Message, "SPEEDING, How To Deal With Temptation" Part 4

4. Be refocused

If temptation begins with our thought life, then changing what we think about is the key to overcoming it. The key to overcoming temptation is not to fight temptation but simply refocus your thoughts. Change your attention. Turn your attention on something else. Shift gears on your thoughts. Change your mind. Refocus. Instead of looking at what you're being tempted by, just look somewhere else. Refocus. Philippians 4:8 says "Think on these things, things that are good, positive, just, honest." Focus your mind on the goodness of God. Why? Because the more you fight a feeling the more it grabs you. Don't focus on what you don't want. Focus on what you do want. Turn your attention. Be refocused. Get your eyes off the negative. Get your eyes on the goodness of God & drive after it. Are you a chronic worrier? It's because you're doubting the goodness of God. Whatever gets your attention, gets you. Whatever you resist, persists. Stop fighting it, just refocus. Turn your back on it. How do you get out of depression? Not by looking at what you are and telling yourself what you are. That never changes you. Focus on what you want, "This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad." It's a choice.

Don't try to argue with the devil. He's a lot better at it than you are. He's had thousands of years of experience. When temptation calls, drop the receiver, and forget it. When you refocus, it may mean physically removing yourself from the situation. If you don't want to speed, get out of the car. Maybe you need to change the channel on the TV. Maybe you need to walk out of that movie. Maybe you need to change jobs. Maybe you need to change a car pool. I Corinthians 15:33 "Bad company corrupts good character." You know your weakness and God does to. Maybe you need to drive a new speed in a new direction.

You can start over with God. Jesus paid for the speeding ticket (your sin) and God invites you and I to start over and follow Him. If you have given in to temptation, change cars and start driving in a new direction.