Yes, we need to run for our spiritual life. How well do you do in fighting temptation? Remember the mind is as guilty of sin as is the flesh!
Mat 5:27, 28 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
The same applies to anger, jealousy, and envy and on and on. Temptation leads to sin when not dealt with as God instructs us to. Yes, while the word sin does not seem to be in our world’s current dictionary it is as real and painful as it always has been.
Of course, step one is acknowledging there is a battle going on.
Run for your life…..
Guard your mind as much as your body. Sin occurs in the mind as well as our actions.
Mat 5:28 “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his mind.”
Rom 12:2a “And be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
Choose your friends wisely.
I Cor 15:33 “Do not be deceived; ‘ Evil company corrupts good habits.’”
Choose what you view wisely.
Psalm 101:3a “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes…”
I Tim 2:22 “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace, with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
I Cor 6:18a “Flee sexual immorality…”
Practice wholesome (Holy) living.
Phil 4:8 “Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, 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 anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”
Fully surrender to Christ.
Mat 16:24 “If anyone will come after Me, let them deny themselves, take up their cross and follow Me.”
Mat 6:33a “But seek you first the kingdom of God and its righteousness…”
Col 2:6,7 “As you have therefore received Jesus Christ the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
By Jesus power and not your own strength you can be successful!!!!
1 Cor. 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Philip. 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”