2 Timothy 2:22-26 Run away from infantile indulgence. Run after mature righteousness-faith, love, peace-joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God.Refuse to get involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights. God’s servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil’s trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.
Focus Verse: Run away from infantile indulgence. Run after mature righteousness-faith, love, peace-joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God.
Do not be surprised by temptation in recovery: It usually strikes when we are most vulnerable, under physical or emotional stress, , lonely, tired, weighing up big life changing decisions, or faced with uncertainty. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says “No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.”
In other words what you are going through is normal. It’s no different to what others are going through. And, because of where you are now. The supports you have in place, people you are now in relationship with and because of Gods’s intervention in your life you will cope and you will survive. temptation is part of the process of spiritual growth.
Temptation is not a sin: Jesus was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:2-3) but He never sinned! We may feel bad and guilty about feeling tempted. We need to remember it only becomes a sin when we give in to the feelings and disobey God.
Have a plan for resisting temptation: I have a strong belief (have had for a lot of years) that ‘Most people fail in recovery because they don’t plan not to.’
- ask God in prayer to help you stay away from people and situations that are going to tempt you.
- meditate on scripture that deal with your specific weaknesses.
- find a trustworthy person in recovery with whom you can honestly share your struggles, and call when temptation strikes.
Prayer: Just for today Lord I ask You to help me avoid people and situations that will tempt me to relapse. If I am tempted help me to remember the words of Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” Let me know who to call today if I need to talk.