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Evil people try to drag me into sin, but I am firmly anchored to your instructions. – Psalm 119:61 (NLT)
When we are firmly planted in the word, temptation is easier to resist. Temptation to sin is everywhere – whether it’s in a conversation, in a magazine, on the internet, in Walmart, at church (yes, you can be tempted in church) or at a party, it’s all around us. We are called to a life free from sin but this is a constant effort and we mess up all the time. The greatest weapon we’ve been given in this battle is the word – we can’t do life without it’s instruction! When the world around us is trying to suck our hearts into things that are not good for us, we have a choice to succumb to that or to fight against it. Once we choose to fight against it we have to use every tool available to us – surrounding yourself with good people (which we’ll talk about in an upcoming post), creating a deeper relationship with God and immersing yourself in the word. I know, I’m starting to sound like a broken record – but there’s a reason that this psalm is so hung up on God’s instruction: there is power in the book of God. There is power to overcome temptation in our everyday lives. We need to learn how to use it yes, but the first step is to pick it up. Pick up the book, start memorizing parts of it and use it next time temptation comes your way.