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3 Steps to Overcome Temptation with Rick Warren

"Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."  Matthew 26:41 

There are a thousand books that will tell you that in order to lose weight you have to expend more calories than you take in. Healthy living is not just about eating and exercise. Focus, friends and faith are the secret sauce to the Daniel Plan.

With the following three steps to overcoming temptation break through an addiction, an attraction or a compulsion.


STEP 1 - AVOID IT

The best way to deal with temptation is to NOT put yourself in tempting situations. If you want to gain self-control, you need to predetermine your pattern of temptation. Ask yourself:

-       WHEN am I most likely to be tempted?

-       WHERE am I most tempted?

-       WHO is with me when I am most tempted?

-       WHAT temporary benefits am I going to receive from the temptation?  


STEP 2 - DO NOT RESIST, INSTEAD REFOCUS

Whatever you resist persists. Often, when a person continually tries to resists something, it only builds itself deeper into that person's life. Instead of obsessing over resisting your temptation, acknowledge it and find something to replace it with.


STEP 3 - ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER

Everybody needs a buddy. The Daniel Plan cannot be done by yourself.  You can overcome temptations more effective when you have someone that you can confess and turn to whenever those temptations rise up within you. 

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.  Proverbs 27:17 



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