Step 5: Flee Temptation
We are told in James 1:14 that the source of temptation lies in “our own desires.” The desire for more, or for something different and new, is a catalyst for dissatisfaction. This desire must be kept under control over the long term by taking certain precautions.
- Focus on your relationship with God.
Do not be satisfied with a brief quiet time in the morning and a trip to church once a week. Develop a devotional life that spreads into your whole existence. As you keep your thoughts on God and His kingdom, instead of the things of this world, you will be less susceptible to temptations of dissatisfaction.
- Latch on to God’s promises.
Find verses in the Bible that are meaningful to you in your battle against dissatisfaction. Memorize these verses and recall them whenever temptation strikes. Here are two verses for your consideration:
If God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. (Matthew 6:30)
The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. (Psalm 84:11)
- Establish safeguards.
Make changes in your life that will keep you away from the most common temptations that have produced dissatisfaction for you. Be creative, and come up with as many changes as will help you. Then, don’t forget to implement them!
Consider these examples to spark your own ideas:
• If you find yourself envying something another person possesses, immediately thank God for one blessing He has given you.
• If you tend to be greedy, volunteer at a homeless shelter or some other ministry to the poor that will help you see how comfortable you really are.
• Ask a trusted Christian friend to hold you accountable in your commitment to not be so dissatisfied.
- Expect victory.
Remember that success in defeating the habitual sin of dissatisfaction can be found in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. He is always working in you to make you more like Jesus, which includes being content. Yield to Him daily in anticipation of deliverance from the crippling habit of dissatisfaction.