The attack came out of the blue. I sat in my office, minding my own business. In walked Temptation. She toyed with my mind like a cat tangled in a ball of yarn. She plowed the ground of my dry heart, trying to expose seeds of truth to the harsh heat of her lies. I fought back the thoughts as best I could with arrows of truth from God’s Word. Before long, I was weary and losing ground.
After work, I ran to my car, perhaps trying to outrun Temptation, who sensed my weakness and took advantage of me. I picked up my phone and called a lifeline. When my trusted friend answered the phone, I skipped the pleasantries and let the terrible thoughts rush past my lips uncensored. Rotten schemes, twisted truths, and the darkness of my heart laid bare for her to see.
With all of my ugly hanging on the phone line like soiled and tattered laundry, my friend gently spoke truth over me. She reminded me of the truths my tempter tried to hide in the shadows of false promise. She even gave me weapons to defeat Temptation—things like making a list, saying truth aloud, and turning to specific Scripture:
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it” (1 Cor. 10:13 NIV).
Our adversary would like nothing more than the shame of temptation to keep us silent. The fact that “no temptation has overtaken you except what is common to man” brings relief. Others experience the same temptations I do. When I talk about them someone else, I take the power of the temptations away. I verbally identify what is really going on and get some accountability in the process.