If being tempted made you a sinner, then Jesus were a sinner.
Hebrew 4:15 NIV
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.
We all have things in life that move us emotionally.
We as humans are drawn by things that we are attracted to.
By what make us smile or laugh.
By what gives us chill bumps.
Food we crave once we had a taste for it.
A person who makes our desires spike whenever we see, hear or think about them.
Places that make us feel good every time we go there.
Our bodies and minds are driven by what makes us feel good.
And its that physical part of us that we are out of control.
You can desire and want things
It’s nothing wrong with that, the problem is when the desire for something becomes all that you are and all that you want.
It makes you want it so badly that it drives the human part of you to do whatever it takes to get it.
We realize its a control issue that must be dealt with.
Not giving into it or acting on your desires that you know are wrong will let yourself know who is in control.
And being tempted does not make you a sinner.
Its giving into or acting on the temptation that make you sin.
Dealing with temptations is not easy, but it can become easier to deal with.
It all starts with showing the temptations that you are in control
And you will not give into any un-wanted desires that God is not pleased with.
The body and mind are conditioned by this world’s attractions.
What you must do is to learn to say no to them.
To act like it is not there will not always work.
You must meet each temptation head on.
Letting your body and mind know that those temptations are not allowed saying no to something over and over again is one way.
We eventually trained and deprogram the body and mind to reject all advancements.
It will get the point when your mind and body will ask you, if its ok to accept a desire or not.
And every time something comes to you that is unwelcome you will respond in a threatening way.
Because, they are a threat to your body and mind
But being tempted in any case will never make you a sinner.
Imaginations of the mind are just imaginations.
If they are a threat to you being tempted, even if you are, at this
point you can just dismiss this imagination and be done with it.
Do not let it suck up your time.
Thinking upon it is where it starts, but its only a thought.
Yes, Jesus said if you think about lusting then you have sinned, this is true.
But, to do so is to act it out in your mind.
It’s not there freely operating;
You have constructed and made a commercial out of it.
There is a difference between the images that come freely and those I put there.
When you create an image it takes desire and a want to.
Temptations that come freely are only temptations.
Temptations are designed by outside forces.
That’s why when they come to you they don’t make you a sinner
Only the ones you create make you a sinner or the ones you receive which you act upon.
The flesh has no bounders.
You have to set in place bounders, by stopping and rejecting all
incoming temptations that you know your body likes.
You know you’re self more than anyone else.
Develop a mind set
Keep at it.
Your body and mind will response to you if you let it know who’s in control.
Temptations that come into the mind are not a sin.
But if you dwell, accept and keep them around for your pleasure.
It will develop into a sin.
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