4 Tips for Battling Temptation

Temptation is something that all of us face. James 1:13-15 gives us some insight as to where temptation comes from:

Let no man say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God can’t be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is full grown, produces death.

This passages shows us that temptation comes from lust (NKJV says desires), and lust then turns into sin. Death comes from following those temptations & being enticed by our lusts. We might then wonder, where does lust come from? I believe that it comes from the enemy. Lust is part of our sinful nature; when we become Christ’s and die to our sinful nature, the enemy still tries to creep in with sinful thoughts.

Jesus said in John 10:10: “The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” What I’m getting at is that our enemy, the devil, wants to steal, kill, and destroy us. He will oftentimes do so through our thoughts, and temptation.

Again, temptation is something we all face. Lustful and sinful thoughts, it happens to us all, including ME. We aren’t perfect, because the enemy often will try to plant these thoughts in our head. If we aren’t careful, and end up following our temptation, this will lead to death. I don’t say this to scare you, but to make you more aware & to help you fight the fight of faith.

Because temptation is real & comes from thoughts from the enemy, today I want to share a few tips to help you battle temptation.

Seek God FIRST & Arm Yourself with His Truth

Seeking God first is so vitally important in our relationship with Him and battling temptation. When we daily set aside time to get in the Word and in prayer & worship, our mind becomes focused on what truly matters.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing. It’s super important to have a designated time to pray & read the Word every day, as well as to pray/worship/meditate on God’s Word throughout the day. This will help us keep our minds on things above (Colossians 3:2), and cast our cares on Him.

We need to daily be arming ourselves with truth and the WHOLE armor of God (found in Ephesians 6:10-20),by getting in His presence daily. I hope and pray you will designate a time of day to spend time with the Lord, as well as strive to set your mind on Him throughout the day.
Seeking Him first & setting your mind on Him is the first step in having victory over temptation.

John 8:31-32 // Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, andthe truth shall make you free.”

Check out my quiet time routine on Youtube for inspiration for your time with God!

Establish Boundaries

Without boundaries, we will more likely do things we know are wrong. Think about this example: if a girl hangs out with guys in God-honoring group settings and makes a point not to be in one-on-one/tempting situations with guys, she will be protecting herself from giving into temptation as well as protecting her purity and that of her guy friends.

Boundaries can apply to various temptations you might face – temptations to be on your phone all day, to eat junk food, to be lazy, etc. Strive to set boundaries from what you will and won’t do, and stick to them by God’s strength. Obviously, we will still mess up; but we can always come to God and repent and turn from sin and start again.

Setting boundaries means nothing unless we daily look to Him for strength. He is the strength in your weakness; surrender all to Him, look to the Lord for the power to resist temptation. Don’t live in guilt when you mess up; genuinely repent and start again.

2 Corinthians 12:9 // And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 

1 Corinthians 16:13 // Watch! Stand firm in the faith! Be courageous! Be strong! 

Be Alert – Fight the Enemy & Claim Victory

We have an enemy and he wants to knock us down; he wants to steal, kill, and destroy our souls (see John 10:10). I’m not saying this to scare you, friends, but to remind you to be on guard.

1 Peter 5:8 says: “Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Just because someone is a Christian and sets Godly boundaries, doesn’t mean they won’t still face temptation. I have, and still do, face tempting thoughts at times and things that I know are from the enemy. It happens to everyone, which is why we must fight and claim victory in Jesus’ Name.

We have the power through Jesus to rebuke and reject the enemy and tell him to leave our minds and our lives. Lately I’ve been doing this daily as I face any thoughts that aren’t of God, and it has helped me greatly. I encourage you to vocally command the enemy to leave you alone in the Name of Jesus and to claim victory, as well as pray throughout the day – praising God, giving Him your struggles and sinful thoughts, etc.

Romans 8:11 // But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Politely Decline Others When You Need To

When others are telling and tempting you to do something you KNOW is wrong, you need to flee. Sometimes, the only thing you can do is leave. Politely decline others when you need to. Just say NO. Even if it means looking weird in the eyes of others, it is worth it to protect yourself from sin.

We should befriend and love on and show Jesus to unbelievers, but make sure they aren’t your best friends who influence you. 2 Corinthians 6:14 says: “Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

Know that it’s okay to distance yourself from friends who aren’t saved who are dragging you away from righteousness. In some occasions, if you have friends who consistently try to drag you away from righteousness, you may need to break up with those friends. Prayerfully evaluate your friendships and learn to say no when you need to.

I hope these tips encourage you in your battle over temptation & the devil. In Jesus you have victory. ❤

Fun Announcement!

I’m so blessed to be on the book launch team for Taylor Bennett’s upcoming book, Sand Castle dreams! Look how gorgeous the cover is!

The book releases on April 1st, and I’m so excited! I read the first book in the series, Porch Swing Girl (read my review here) and I know this book will be amazing as well. Go check it out! I recommend this series to all teen girls & young women out there; it is all pure and Bible based (there is some romance and a couple kisses on the cheek, but that’s the only thing I found that some people might be concerned by), and the story is so fun and inspiring. The characters are so sweet and relatable! 🙂

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3 Tips for Keeping Your Mind Pure (Purity Series pt. 1)

Purity is such an important topic. It’s a word that we as Christians likely hear a lot about, but what does it really mean?

Starting today, I’ll be doing a blog series on purity, and the various ways that we, as young women, can walk in it. Today’s post is going to be all about your mind, where purity starts. Let’s dive into today’s post!

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4 Tips For When You Have a Crush

Ah, crushes. They affect us whether we are 13 and just noticing boys, as well as when we get older. When we reach the teenage years or so, we begin to notice guys in a new light – we see certain qualities about them that we admire, and crushes can easily develop.

It can be hard to tame the longings and desires of our hearts. So…what do we do when we have a crush on a guy? Here are a few tips…

Surrender yourself & the guy to God in prayer

When I find myself thinking about guys or randomly having thoughts of liking them in my head, I strive to surrender them to God and to His plan for him and for me.

When you find yourself developing a crush on a guy, STOP and pray. Surrender him to God and ask God to help you see him as a brother in Christ and a friend, nothing more. Ask God to guide you both and help you have a God-honoring relationship, and pray for this guy to grow in his relationship with the Lord and for his spiritual well-being. If the Lord ever wants you two to go into more than a friendship, you can trust that you and the guy will know, since you surrendered it to God.

Set your thoughts on something else

One time I was randomly thinking about a guy, so I stopped and thought about something else. And you know what, it works!

When your thoughts go to thinking about how great a guy is, or imagining your future with him, stop yourself before it goes further. Colossians 3:2 says: “Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth.” (emphasis added) When thoughts invade about some guy, set them on God instead.

We can easily elevate guys in our minds by thinking about them often. The same happens with God. If you choose to think about Him instead of this guy, it’ll cause you to love God more and put this guy in the right perspective. Only God deserves all of our affection. Focus on His Word, or on praising Him and thanking Him for all the ways He blesses you. (Not just for this awesome guy, lol.)

Pray for your future husband

Making a list of important and Biblical qualities that are important in a future husband and praying over this list regularly can help you keep your mindset right concerning guys. When you remember God has someone out there for you and pray for him regularly, it can help you remember to keep waiting for him.

Proverbs 31:12 says: “She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.” This is referring to the woman and her husband.  By praying for our future husband now and walking on the path of purity, we will be honoring God. We’ll also be walking on the right path for our future husband, and doing him good, even if we don’t know him yet. Even when we mess up, God will give us grace when we come to Him and help us get back up and keep walking in purity.

If you have made past mistakes concerning purity, crushes, and guys in general, know that you’re not too far gone. Come to God with your mistakes and confess all you’ve done and ask for His forgiveness. Jesus bore ALL your sins on the cross and the Lord wants to forgive and redeem you. He wants to help you get back up and walk on the path of purity. 1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

2 Peter 3:9 says: The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (emphasis added)

Jesus bore ALL your sins on the cross and the Lord wants to help you live righteously..png

Come to God in prayer and turn from your sin, and He’ll give you the power to live for Him and walk the path of purity! It’s not about being perfect by any means, but about striving to be better, by His strength and for His glory, each day, one step at a time. 🙂

Strive to see guys as BROTHERS

I have a brother, and if I saw all my guy friends as my brother…well, that would certainly change things!

1 Timothy 5:1-2 gives us some helpful encouragement in how to view others. It says: Don’t rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father; the younger men as brothers; the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity.

Oftentimes we glorify guys in our minds, but if we saw them as brothers, we’d love them but not in “that” way. We’d realize they have their faults and wouldn’t elevate them so much in our thoughts. Let’s look at guys as our BROTHERS in Christ, not as potential boyfriends and future husbands. This allows us to have a relationship with less pressure and be able to get to know them in a Godly way. When we ask God, He will help us grow in having this perspective in guys.

Let's look at guys as our BROTHERS in Christ, not as potential boyfriends and future husbands..png

I hope & pray that this post encourages you to handle crushes in a Godly manner. It’s not easy, but it’s so worth it. Chasing after guys in our hearts and minds isn’t worth it, but setting all our affections on the Lord and striving to honor Him in all our relationships always is. 🙂

My friend Abby wrote an AMAZING blog post on this subject! Check it out here.

 

Why I Stopped Watching “Anne with an E”

I LOVE Anne of Green Gables, thanks to a friend of mine who told me about the movies a year or so ago. 😉 I fell in love with the movies and am currently reading book 4 in the series.

Last year, Netflix started a show called “Anne with an E.” It’s a very modernized version of Anne of Green Gables, and they made numerous alterations to the books and original story.

Despite these changes, I really enjoyed the first season – the actors were all spectacular, the was setting GORGEOUS, and the filming was amazing. And can I just say, GILBERT! If you know anything about AoGG, enough said. 😉 There were a couple questionable things in 2 of the episodes that made me uncomfortable, but I decided that I would try out the second season, and if these kind of things continued, I would stop watching the show.

I was disappointed after watching most of the second season. Let me just say, I don’t mind how the show strays from the story-line, it doesn’t particularly bother me. However, when they do things that are against God’s Word, along with some things that were not-so-great in the first season, I simply cannot keep watching/supporting the show. In season 2, they did something that I do not support in any way.

One of the characters is homosexual. Well, he has desires to be, and likes guys, and they support him. Anne believes that love looks different for everyone and whatever kind of love you have, whether you are straight or gay, that should be supported. She even talks about this in one episode.

You might be thinking, okay, it’s just one character, and you can fast forward through any scenes that aren’t good. However, I don’t think I’m going to continue watching this show unless things improve.

Ephesians 5:3-4 says: But sexual immorality, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be mentioned among you, as becomes saints; nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not appropriate; but rather giving of thanks. (emphasis added)

I thought about continuing to watch the show, but I honestly didn’t even really enjoy the second season much anyways. Plus, God’s Word says to not even mention sexual immorality among you. This means that we shouldn’t watch it, speak of it, think about it, or do it. “Anne with an E” obviously supports gay people and homosexuality, and God’s Word doesn’t.

Let me make this clear: I love gay and homosexual people, and I believe God does too. He sent Jesus to save ALL people, not just the straight people. John 3:16 says: For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

I don’t, however, support their sin. It’s wrong according to God’s Word. (For more on God’s design for romantic relationships, check out this post) I can’t watch Anne with an E the same way knowing that there’s a character on there who is homosexual. It’s against God’s Word, and even if there’s just a hint of it in this show, I know it’s something I shouldn’t watch.

I encourage you to be careful what you are watching and allowing into your mind. I know that there are some really great shows and movies out there that have homosexuality in them, and I want to encourage you to chose to refrain from watching those shows. God calls His people to be holy and pure, and not participating in, agreeing with, or thinking about sin. Even if you go through those scenes of sexual immorality, whether it be with a man and a woman or with people of the same sex, is it worth it? You shouldn’t have to compromise your morals for entertainment.

You are called to be set-apart and holy, so I encourage you to think before you watch.

1 Peter 1:13-16 // Therefore prepare your minds for action, be sober, and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ— as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy; for I am holy.”

Romans 12:1-2 // Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Philippians 4:8 // Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things.

Matthew 7:13-14 // “Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it. How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it.

More posts on television/movies/entertainment:

To Watch or Not to Watch?

// Why I Won’t be Watching Love, Simon (or most movies these days) //

Why I Don’t Watch Many Mainstream Movies (Why I Don’t Series Pt. 1)