"It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery". Galatians 5:1
TRIGGERS AND TEMPTATIONS
Ponder: In Matthew 4: 1-11 you will find Jesus being tempted by Satan.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.
During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”
But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,
‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say,
‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’”
Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”
Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”
“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,
‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.'”
Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.
In the above passage ponder the fact that Jesus must have been very hungry, He may or may not have been angry with the enemy (without sin, totally justified anger), He was alone and at the end the angels came and ministered to Him, suggesting a real tiredness. The setting for sin was very real; H.A.L.T. He had just been in a battle with the enemy of our souls, Satan. This battle and the temptation was not sin, it was a radical circumstance; Jesus did not sin, He did not give in to the temptation (trigger).
Action: If you belong to Jesus, you are united with Him. 1 Corinthians 1:30 says, "God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin." In Jesus you can say, " Get out of here, Satan, I am united with Christ" when you face those circumstances, those triggers. You only sin as you give in to those triggers and start on the slippery path again. Prepare what to do when you are tempted, ask a friend to help you plan. Jesus knew exactly what to do; rebuke the enemy and speak out the biblical truth. Know the Bible by reading it every day and digesting the contents. It is your food.
He also had the angels help in recovery. Your community is also important.
Prayer: I thank you that I am not alone when facing the multiple challenges and triggers of life. Help me understand what it means to be united with You and the power I have, in Your name, to withstand the temptations and triggers. Please, Lord, help me be an over-comer not a user anymore. Amen.
Challenge: Meditate on 1 Corinthians 1:30, digesting the words as necessary and vital, coming straight from God into your soul.