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"Making Decisions Before-hand"

Many times we fall into temptation when we wait until we get into a tempting situation to make a decision. It is never too late to make a decision. But often times, when we wait until after we are in the tempting situation, it is harder to resist the temptation. When we have not made a committed decision before-hand not to give in to temptation, we tend to go down the path of least resistance.

While being tempted, we are filled with so many emotions. Emotions are demanding and love to have their way, which is why I find it important to make decisions ahead of time, before emotions are involved. For example, make a decision to walk in forgiveness now. Do not wait until you are in a dilemma where you have to forgive someone, because then, you’ll allow your emotions to decide for you. The majority of the time you won’t feel like forgiving, but when you have your mind made up to walk in forgiveness, you will do it. We as Christians have to stop making emotionally-based decisions. Our emotions are temporary—they never last. They are never constant; therefore, they are unreliable. So why make a long-term decision based on a temporal feeling?

Decide now not to give in to temptation when it comes. Decide now to walk in love and forgiveness. Decide now to say no to pre-marital sex. Decide now to “flee from youthful lusts” (2 Timothy 2:22). Decide now not to put yourself in tempting situations. Once you decide, stick to that decision in your mind. Do not doubt. If you do not believe that you will resist temptation, then you won’t.

Making before-hand decisions will not prevent you from being tempted, but they will make it easier for you to resist.

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