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SET THE STAGE FOR VICTORY
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
PRACTICE PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
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
FIGHT BACK WHEN TEMPTED
18 Catch Sin at Early Stages
19 Pray, then Choose Not to Sin
20 Consider the Consequences
21 Resist the Devil
23 Pity Those Who Tempt You
24 Choose the Path of Love
25 Ask a Friend for Help
IF YOU SIN, REPENT AND PRESS ON
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
Tips for Leaders
Step-by-Step Meeting Plan
This book is out of print. It is being updated and revised. The updated version will be available March, 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.