How to Fight Temptation

March 14, 2012 § 1 Comment

This teaching fascinated me this morning:

“… temptation or conflict does not take place between goods and evils, but between the truths of good and the falsities of evil (TCR 596).”

I have often thought of temptation as the battle between desires (which it is), in which I had to struggle to choose the right desire, or at least not act out the evil desire.

But TCR 596 has given me a new perspective on how to battle temptation. How does one fight against the desire to do a particular evil and the desire not to do it? According to TCR 596 one fights with the truths of good. In other words, if we think about the truths the Lord has given to us from His Word, and condemn this evil desire as a sin, the Lord will give us the strength to resist the desire to do evil.

In other words, resisting temptation is all about justification. If we justify and excuse the evil, we will do it. If we condemn as a sin, we will not do it.

We really do not have much control over the desires that flow into our mind, but we have control over how we think about them. So it is the truths of good what will enable us to over come temptation.


§ One Response to How to Fight Temptation

  • Glenn says:

    Three times did the devil tempt Jesus, and three times did Jesus rebuff the devil. How did Jesus rebuff the devil? Jesus rebuffed the devil by speaking truth from good.

    – – –

    Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matt. 4:1-4)

    Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (Matt. 4:5-7)

    Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Matt. 4:8-10)

    Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. (Matt. 4:11)

    – – –

    o Truths of good are those truths which proceed from good, and which the good (flowing in by way of the internal man into the external) holds within itself. AC 4385

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

What’s this?

You are currently reading How to Fight Temptation at Reflections on the Heavenly Doctrines.


%d bloggers like this: