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You have about 5 seconds…

I’ve heard some people laugh about a story found in the Bible about a man named Joseph who ran when another man’s wife was making advances on him. She grabbed his coat, and he was gone. Do you think Joseph overreacted? Was he just being overly sensitive?

I certainly can’t speak for everyone, but I can speak from my own life and a few people I have talked with, that once temptation enters into the mind you have about 5 seconds to “easily” turn away. After 5 seconds is up, it begins to be extremely difficult to overcome the temptation. Haven’t you found that to be true?

Do you have a hard time overcoming temptation? Do you tend to think about situations a little too long? Do you “dwell” on a situation that you wish could happen, even though you know it wouldn’t be right? I would encourage to get the thought out of your mind immediately. Submit yourself to God. Take every (single) thought into account and “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

 

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