Defeating Temptation



Part of the “Living Free” series

Available November 2017

Regardless of who you are or how old you are, you are engaged in a struggle between flesh and Spirit. Whether your temptations are “minor” or life-dominating, one thing is certain — you have them.

Learn practical, Bible-based strategies to overcome the temptations in your life. As you put the truths in this reader-friendly, cross-cultural book into practice, you will begin to overcome major sins in your life. Plus, you will become increasingly self-disciplined in every area of your life.

This book is out of print. It is being updated and revised. The updated version will be available November, 2017.

Doug Britton, M.Ed., MFT. LifeTree Books. Paperback: 5½ x 8½. Wire “spiral” binding. 296 pages.


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1   Embrace God’s Call to Holiness

2   Understand Sin’s Power and Danger

3   Pray to See Sin through God’s Eyes

4   Accept Responsibility for Your Sins

5   Decide to Conquer Temptation

6   Make Plans


7   Live by the Spirit

8   Fellowship with Other Christians

9   Meditate on Key Scriptures

10 Declare War on Sin Daily

11 Guard Your Thought Life

12 Establish Personal Boundaries

13 Practice Self-Control

14 Replace Bad Habits with Good Ones

15 Watch Out for Cultural Contamination

16 Resist Peer Pressure

17 Practice Contentment


18 Catch Sin at Early Stages

19 Pray, then Choose Not to Sin

20 Consider the Consequences

21 Resist the Devil

22 Flee!

23 Pity Those Who Tempt You

24 Choose the Path of Love

25 Ask a Friend for Help


26 Ask for and Accept God’s Forgiveness

27 Confess to a Mature Christian

28 Ask Forgiveness from Others

29 Deal with the Consequences of Sin

30 Learn from Your Failures and Move On

31 My Plan


Guidelines for Small Group Leaders

More Resources

Tips for Leaders

Step-by-Step Meeting Plan

Discussion Questions


This book is out of print. It is being updated and revised. The updated version will be available November, 2017.


Do you struggle with temptation?

If you struggle with temptation, you are not alone. Everyone is engaged in this struggle. You may be an alcoholic, be “addicted” to the Internet, watch or read pornography, gossip, gamble, waste time, shoplift, flirt, tell lies, watch too much TV, smoke, overspend, overeat, cheat on income taxes, engage in sexual sins, struggle with drug abuse, explode in anger, or suffer from other “addictions.” Whether your temptations are “minor” or life-dominating, one thing is certain — you have them.


You already know how hard it is to resist temptation

It’s not easy to live a life of self-control. You know how discouraging it can be to give in to temptation again and again.

If you have pleaded for years for God’’s help without growing in self-control, your problem may not be a lack of prayer, but rather a lack of knowledge about how to resist temptation. As you study this practical, Bible-based book, you will discover that you can grow in self discipline and experience the joy that comes from victory over sin.


You can defeat temptation if you know how to fight

The struggle against sin is not hopeless. As you read this cross-cultural book, you will see that the Bible provides insights and practical tools to help you in your struggle to overcome the major sins in your life. You will learn how to become increasingly self-controlled.

Even if your life has seemed completely without self discipline, you can change with God’’s help.

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)


Discover hundreds of tools from God’s Word to help you —

  • Experience the joy of a Christ-controlled life.
  • Understand sin’s power and learn how to overcome it.
  • Practice preventive medicine and live by the Spirit.
  • Make concrete plans to defeat temptation.
  • Establish personal boundaries.
  • Replace bad habits with good ones.
  • Practice steps to take when you are tempted.
  • Learn from failure and move forward.


This book is designed for individual or group study

A 12-week study schedule is outlined at the beginning of the book. Those interested in a more intensive study can double the time to 24 weeks. Those interested in a quicker study can double-up chapters for a six-week study.

Each chapter is interactive, with numerous personal application questions that will help you put its biblical advice into practice. Defeating Temptation is comprehensive and detailed, yet easy to use and practical.

If you study Defeating Temptation in a small group, you will find suggestions for small group leaders and chapter-by-chapter small group discussion questions at the back of the book.



In this book you will learn how to live according to God’s Word. When you read it, you will discover it is:

Bible-based. This book is solidly Bible-based, with every chapter showing how to apply the Bible’s truths in your life.

Cross-cultural. Since the guidelines in this book are based on God’s Word, they apply to every group and culture.

Practical. Readers are given clear, practical steps they can take.

Reader-friendly. Many techniques — from a simple, straightforward writing style to breaking the text into small, easily digested portions — make the books easy to read.

Comprehensive. Numerous questions and dilemmas are anticipated — and answered.

Interactive. Personal application questions throughout the books get readers involved.

Action-oriented. Readers write action plans as they go through each chapter.

“Three-in-one” — great for small group studies.This book has all the information you would expect to find in three separate books:

  • Book — with practical, Bible-based information,
  • Workbook — with “personal application” questions scattered throughout each chapter.
  • Small group leader’s guide — with guidelines for small group leaders and chapter-by-chapter discussion questions at the end of the book.


This book was written by Doug Britton, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist). Doug, President of LifeTree Institute, has been a Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist for over thirty years.

Doug has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio-co-host, and author of over twenty books that show people how to apply God’s truths in their daily lives.

He has also trained counselors, small group leaders, pastors, and mentors, showing them how to share practical, effective ways to apply the Word of God in all areas of life.

Doug has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and has edited and published three professional publications. His wife Skeeter has been a homemaker, landscape designer, journalist and novelist. She also has taught marriage and parenting workshops, and holds degrees in English and Landscape Architecture.

Doug draws from his counseling experience and his own struggles and victories when he writes.

More importantly, he draws from the Word of God, offering readers Bible-based, practical, cross-cultural tools, insights, and guidelines they can use in their daily lives.

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