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Defeating Temptation Telemarketer Style

There’s nothing like getting home at 5:30 every afternoon. Don’t get me wrong. I love my job, but my favorite part of the day is coming through the door, kissing my beautiful bride, greeting my ferocious little Shih-Tzu, and oh yeah, grabbing the phone as it rings. I don’t know why I answer it, but I always do. The telemarketers seem to know instinctively (maybe even telepathically) exactly when I get home. Being a man of grace, I give them an entire half a sentence to blab their spiel. They then get to hear the gracious sound of a dial tone :) If you let that guy get his electronic foot in the door, there’s no stopping him.

Dealing with a tempting thought from the Enemy is much the same. Don’t give him time to explain all the great benefits that supposedly come with his offer. The moment you allow that thought past the threshold of your mind, sin is conceived. Then it’s only a matter of time. Therefore, don’t let it inside. The mere awareness of this tempting thought at the threshold of your mind is not yet sin. It’s not even your thought. Your transformed mind is incapable of generating sinful thoughts. You are dead to this power that God calls, “sin&#148. The power of sin, under the control of the “father of lies” (John 8:44), serves up this temptation to your mind. You didn’t generate that thought, and God certainly did not give it to you. How do you know? It’s because God will never condemn, attack, or disparage your character. He will condemn (convict you of) your sin, but conviction and condemnation are very different.

Every spiritual conflict is won or lost on the threshold of the mind. When a thought penetrates your mind that is contrary to the truth of God’s Word, you can quickly identify this as the Enemy’s attack. Is Satan trying to peddle his defective merchandise your way? Don’t give him the time of day. Be forceful. Be emphatic. Give him the ol’ dial tone right in the ear. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

Andy Knight

About the Author

Andy is the user interface designer for YouVersion, the Bible App. He has a passion for sharing God's story of grace and freedom through the internet. Andy lives in Roswell, GA, with his wife and three sons. You can follow him on Twitter at @andyknight.