If you’re serious about defeating temptation you must manage your mind and monitor your media intake.
The wisest man who ever lived warned, “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts Don’t allow trash into your mind indiscriminately. Be selective. Choose carefully what you think about.
Let me be clear: If you’re losing the battle against a persistent bad habit, an addiction, or a temptation, and you’re stuck in a repeating cycle of good intention-failure-guilt, you will not get better on your own! You need the help of other people.
Some temptations are only overcome with the help of a godly partner who prays for you, encourages you,and holds you accountable.
Don’t repress it; confess it! Don’t conceal it; reveal it. Revealing your feeling is the beginning of healing. Hiding your hurt only intensifies it.
Problems grow in the dark and become bigger and bigger, but when exposed to the light of truth, they shrink. You are only as sick as your secrets. So take off your mask, stop pretending you’re perfect, and walk into freedom.
The reason we hide our faults is pride. We want others to think
we have everything “under control.” The truth is, whatever you can’t talk about is already out of control in your life: problems with your finances, marriage, kids, thoughts, sexuality, secret habits, or anything else. If you could handle it on your own, you would have already done so. But you can’t. Willpower and personal resolutions aren’t enough.
Some problems are too ingrained, too habitual, and too big to solve on your own. You need a small group or an accountability partner who will encourage you, support you, pray for you.