7 Tips to Avoid Temptation

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God does not promise that we will never be tempted, but that when we are, He will provide a way of escape. However, there are things that we can do as a Christian to avoid unnecessary temptation. Many times temptation can be completely avoided by following these simple tips.


In the model prayer that Jesus gave to his disciples in Matthew 6, He taught them to ask God to lead them away from temptation (Matthew 6:13). A daily relationship with God in prayer is a first step to avoiding temptation.

Use the Word of God

There are many good verses that will help you overcome certain temptations. Memorizing Bible verses targeted to combat your areas of temptation will be a protection and defense. 2 Corinthians 10:4 and 5 talk about pulling down things that get a stronghold in our life.

You need to work on memorizing a list of Bible verses that will help you avoid temptation. You cannot rely on finding a Bible at the moment of temptation. These verses have to become second nature to you.

Spend time in God’s word daily. Make it a habit. By knowing you will be confronted by the Bible in your reading tomorrow it can help you stay focused on God today.

Understand Your PeTemptationrsonal Weaknesses

Not everyone is tempted in the same way. What is a struggle for one person may not be the least bit tempting to another person. For example one person may be tempted with smoking. For the next guy, smoking has never had a foothold on the person and therefore is not at all tempting.

James 1:14 says that we are drawn away with our own lusts. This indicates that each person has their own weak areas to deal with. You need to understand your own weakness so that you will know how to combat and avoid it.

Flee Temptation

God has promised to make a way to escape temptation. If you will look for the escape route then you can flee the temptation. Many times this way of escape is to literally walk (or run) away. Temptation often comes when you find yourself in certain situations or places. When you recognize one of those situations it is time to pack up your stuff and get out of there. (1 Corinthians 6:18; 10:14; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22)

Create an Accountability Network

As Christians we have direct access to God. There is no place in the Bible where we are taught that we must confess our sins to others to have forgiveness from God. However, the Bible does teach that creating accountability with someone else can help you in your struggle against temptation (James 5:16).

You do not need to go into detail with your accountability partner about about your struggles, but they do need to know how to pray for you. Find someone who is a mature Christian. Often your pastor can fill this role, but it can also be a fellow church member. Tell them that you are struggling in a certain area. Look through the Bible together finding verses that will be a help to you. Have your friend ask you occasionally how you were doing in this area. Once a week is usually often enough. Make a promise to your friend that you will not lie to them when asked about how you are doing. You only hurt yourself when you lie to the other person. Ask your friend to pray for you—not stand in judgment.

Don’t be Discouraged

You should not become complacent about your sin. But you should also not allow it to defeat you. Sin is much more serious than eating too much dessert, but allow me to make an analogy. If you are on a diet and eat an extra cookie that you were not supposed to, does it make sense to quit your diet and eat the rest of the bag? The truth is that one extra cookie is a minor thing compared to how many good choices you made the previous week. It sounds silly to quit a diet because of 100 extra calories. Yet people do it all the time.

Realize that you probably will fall to temptation on occasion, but that is no reason to quit your Christian walk. Don’t accept your sin as if it doesn’t matter, but also realize that you have a choice in your future actions.

Confess and Repent

When you fall to temptation, go to God and confess. He already knows about your sin. You are not telling Him anything that is a surprise. But for your own sake you should humble yourself before God and confess your sin. The truth is, He has already forgiven you if you’re a Christian. Going to Him in confession makes it easier for you to have clear communication with Him.

Which of these tips about avoiding tempation was most helpful to you? Do you have any other tips to add to this list? Let us know in the comments.

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Heidi September 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Thank you so much for this article. You advise is great. I came across the information doing research on temptation for a women’s group. I struggle with temptation daily and this helps me to have better steps to keep me centered.


Aaron December 1, 2011 at 9:33 am

Thank you for doing this article. As i read the article, i discover that all 7 of the tips that were given, i have never done because i have let my flesh desires overcome in such a way that i feel depressed about my actions. But, for now on, I will try my very best to apply these 7 tips to avoid temptation to my daily life.


David Peach December 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Aaron, thanks for your comment. Remember 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that with all temptation God has promised to make a way of escape for you. Don’t rely on only what you can do, trust that God has an escape route and look for it.

One verse that has always been a help to me is Romans 13:14 where we are encouraged to avoid anything, or place, that would cause temptation. Don’t make provisions for the flesh to overcome you.

I trust God will help you apply these principles.


Whitney May 23, 2012 at 11:18 am

Thank you so much! This has helped me overcome the temptation of drinking.


David Peach June 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Praise the Lord! I trust you will continue to seek the Lord in giving you wisdom to overcome the temptations that face you daily.


Jaida May 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm

This is so helpful. I don’t currently have anyone who seems like that, that I trust not to tell, or judge me. But I’ll try to find God’s way out for me.


David Peach June 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm

While you don’t have anyone now who could be an accountability partner, you can pray that God would provide one for you. I am praying for you too that our loving Father will give you the help you need.


Rossa June 4, 2012 at 2:12 am

This article is very helpfull and I like most the part that says “God didn’t promise that we will never face temptetion but when we do he will provide us a way to avoid it”.


David Peach June 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Praise the Lord that this has been a help to you.


Mel June 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I am looking for help with drug addiction, trying to find verses to help me while I go through withdrawals…can you help me?


David Peach July 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Here is an article that talks specifically about addictions. I hope this helps you. There are some great comments in that article that may help too.


melly June 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I disagree that we are automatically forgiven when we sin, as Christians. We have the same obligation to ask God for forgiveness and repent because sin is more than a ratio. It allows a door to open for satan to gain legal grounds into your life and screw things up. Immediate repentance is key.


David Peach July 24, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Melly, when you accepted Christ as your Savior He forgave all your sins. If He didn’t then you would have to repent of every sin immediately in hopes that you would not die before you confessed and repented. What if you were in a car accident and took the Lord’s name in vain and then died immediately? You are either forgiven at salvation or you will go to hell because you did not repent.

Now to have a clear conscience before God and right fellowship with Him you need to confess and repent of your sins. That is true. But there is a big difference between having a clear conscience and saying you have to repent immediately after each sin in order for God to grant salvation.

I know this is splitting theological hairs, but I think it is important to make the distinction. Salvation is given and received once, otherwise Christ’s sacrifice and forgiveness of your sins was not sufficient (Hebrews 6:4-6 speaks about this). Salvation is granted and sins are forgiven when a person receives the Lord as their Savior. Another name for salvation in the Bible is eternal or everlasting life. If we were in fear of losing it every time we sinned, then it would not be eternal. It would be limited.

I hope that helps you see what I mean.

On a practical level, yes, I agree with you that we should keep a very short “sin” account with God. We should immediately repent because the longer one goes without confession of sin the easier it is to ignore it. And, the more strained the fellowship is between that person and God. However, it is not God that has moved away. As far as God is concerned those sins are forgiven. It makes a difference in the heart and mind of the believer as to whether he repents or not.


Laide October 22, 2012 at 9:00 am

I have to agree with Melly here. If we were forgiven at salvation and did not need to ask for immediate repentance, then why would sin open a door to the devil to wreck havoc? It shouldn’t if we’ve already been forgiven.

Asking for forgiveness of sins is a part of ‘The sinner’s prayer’ and that is why there was forgiveness of sins at salvation…simply because they asked for it. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world yet as we know, not everyone is going to Hell, they have not asked for the forgiveness of sins.

Forgiveness of sin is freely available to all but you have to ask for it and immediately.

And it’s not a guilty conscience that opens the door because most sinners don’t even feel guilty. More often than not, God reveals the sin, after which forgiveness is requested from God, the door shut and the Devil kicked out.

And it is possible to lose one’s salvation. Practising unrepentant sin will make this the case. A Christian, who goes back to his old lifestyle of sin, and does not repent will go to Hell even though he was once saved.

God hates sin and sin will not enter into heaven. In your example about the swear word, it is highly unlikely that a swear word would come into the mouth of somebody who has never had a problem with swearing prior to the accident.
If this is the case and God had been convicting him of the sin, and he’s refused to stop, then it’s unrepentant sin.

If he’s aware and is struggling and is committed to stop, although falls occasionally in moments of weakness, then God will judge. I don’t know whether he’ll go to Heaven or not.

Think of this example, A person who’s been a christian for a while decides to commit adultery and has a heart attack while in the act of sin. Will he go to heaven because his sins have been forgiven at calvary or go to hell because he died of unrepentant sin?


David Peach October 24, 2012 at 11:06 am

Laide, thank you for your comments.

At salvation my position in Christ is that I am forgiven of my sins and made righteous before God. Practically, I may still struggle with sin. I am not made perfect on earth immediately after my salvation.

You are talking about a works salvation which I do not believe in. Ephesians 2:8-9 as well as Romans 4 speak clearly against this. I don’t get, or keep, my salvation because of the things I do. I have salvation because of what Christ has done for me, not because of what I have done for Him.


Laide October 25, 2012 at 7:43 am

David, this is not a works salvation. There is no amount of work that any man can do to deserve salvation. It is impossible and thank God, not necessary because Jesus has finished all the work on Calvary.

With his blood, He has paid for salvation and forgiveness of sins and with our faith, we receive all that He has done for us. If we truly have been saved, then we need to be conformed to the image of Jesus (who is sinless) and that involves listening to and obeying the Holy Spirit, who lives inside of us, as he exposes sinful habits and tendencies.

We should ask for forgiveness from those revealed sins and then grace not to commit those sins again. We should feel godly sorrow and remorse each time we sin and immediately ask for and receive the forgiveness of that sin because God hates sin. Sin is what caused all the problems on earth in the first place.

Sin is what caused the separation of man from God in the beginning and if left unchecked and unrepented , it will cause eternal separation of a person from God i.e Hell.

Laide October 25, 2012 at 7:49 am

That is what the bible means when it says to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Stay on your guard against sin. The devil roams around looking to push Christians into sin, which translates into spiritual death (separation from God forever, Hell).

By sin, I mean unrepentant sinful lifestyle. There’s no way a Christian will enter heaven living a blatantly sinful lifestyle and fully aware of this. God’s standard is very very high.

Eddy Diaz March 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm

The following verses have been of great blessing to my christian life. Glory to God

1 Corinthians 6: 12-20
12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Romans 12:1
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Leviticus 19:2
2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all this through him who gives me strength

2 Corinthians 10:5
5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Philipians 2:12-13
12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose

I also would lke to share the following two links that will surely help you live a victorious, committed, and fruitful life in Christ, for the glory of God.

– Fighting Sex addictions:

God bless!

Eddy Diaz March 29, 2013 at 3:53 am

Hi David. I sadly noticed that you removed all the key Scripture passages that I quoted which very clearly show that a person who sins un-deliberately can always turn to God for forginess thru his faith in Christ and receive forgiveness, while someone who continues to sin deliberatley may go to Hell if they stubornly persists in sinning, thus risking to die in sin. A sinner will not enter the kidngdom of God, that is for sure. I am sincerly sad you have removed those Bibles verses simply because they may not align with what you believe. Please realize that ultimately what matters is what God says in his Word. Bible verses shared by your website readers can be of great blessings to others as the Word of God does not return empty to Him. Thanks for the Bible verses you did allow me to share, in your site. God Bless!

Eddy Diaz March 30, 2013 at 4:07 am

Hi David. Today, I prayed, in Jesus name, for the LORD to help me understand this subject: Can you Lose your Salvation?
This is what I received:

http://www.discoverrevelation.com/Salvation.htm#Those Truly Saved

Before I read the material, I prayed. After I read it, I thanked God by the clear answer He gave me.
Praise God! I hope all your readers may be blessed in the same way.

Eric Newsom September 28, 2019 at 4:38 pm

What about the sins we commit that we don’t even know about? The idea of having to confess all our sins is actually a Catholic teaching – sort of like committing suicide is a one-way ticket to hell because that was a sin you weren’t able to confess. God says he removes our sin “as far as the east is from the west.”


hinneh isaac July 24, 2012 at 7:05 am

i have gotten into musturbation for 7yrs now i have repented but it keeps controlling me what must i do


David Peach July 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I would encourage you to read the article on addictions also. It will really help.


Michael July 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

another tip is to say the serenity prayer not only does it help drug addicts or alcoholics but I feel it helps everyone with temptation
if you dont know it here it is
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.


Jeancy July 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I’ m married, but I have been in a relationship out of my marriage for the past 8 nonths. When I received Jesus, I confessed everything to my wife and she forgave me without discussion and I took the courage to tell my girlfriend that I won’t be able to continue with her. Since then, I have a strong feeling about the her and in two occasions, when she came to visit me, I was tempted and I fall into fornication again. Deep down my heart, I’ m not willing to break God’s law by doing that. How to get help?


David Peach August 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Jeancy, I would encourage you to try to avoid any situation where it is even possible to fall into this sin again. You need to set up some accountability. Obviously you have your wife who can be a great help. You should also find a friend at work and other places who can help you. If possible, you should avoid ever being alone where this lady can be around you. Make a promise to God, your wife and yourself that you will always be accountable to someone for your time.


Eric Newsom September 28, 2019 at 4:49 pm

I know the two things seem unrelated, but they are both addictions. I’m a recovering alcoholic and have bee sober for over 8 years. When I was early in recovery, other than prayer and staying in the Scriptures, I also created a lot of accountability around me making it impossible for me to drink without being found out. There are many creative ways we can come up with for accountability. Often, adultery and fornication include looking at porn on the internet. Try signing up for something like “Covenant Eyes” which is an online accountability site.


Kirina July 31, 2012 at 5:17 am

Pastor the tips on avoiding temptations is great.When I accepted Jesus and got baptized,I promised God that I will do everything I can to walk the christian walk.Its been about two months now but I have failed though I try.At some point I was so discouraged because when I first time committed sin after baptism,I felt the spirit leave me,then I sinned again and again.I was so low and even contemplated quitting.God says there is no temptation that is uncommon to man.The analogy of the cookie is captivating and I will not be discouraged because in Him there is hope.
Thanks pastor.


David Peach August 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Kirina, The Bible says we are a new creature (or creation) at salvation (1 Corinthians 5:17). That is wonderful news. But Paul, who wrote the books of Corinthians, also tells us in Romans 7 that we still have our flesh with us.

You should strive to be holy because God is holy and you love Him. When you put the focus on your love and thankfulness to God for your salvation, you will be led by the Holy Spirit to honor Him. However, when you feel like you have to work to become saved or keep yourself saved then you will struggle with the thoughts that you can’t be good enough. And you would be right. You absolutely cannot live a perfect life. If you could, then there would be no need for Jesus to die on the cross for your sins.

Do right and obey God’s Word out of love for Him and thankfulness for your salvation. You will find that living the Christian life is so much easier with that goal in mind.


Dan August 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I really agree with most of what your saying but I came to the part that said god forgives if your christean ive always been taught god loves all even if your christian or not I am a prospec ative sinner im trying to overcom


David Peach August 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Dan, God does love everyone, saved or not. However, God only forgives the sins of those who will turn to Him for salvation.


jbustle August 26, 2012 at 5:02 am

praise d lord @ all timez wit ur whole heart


shawn September 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I know God has called me to be a powerful vessel for the Kingdom of Heaven. He thru me has transformed an atheist into a Christian with 2 sentences! Along with numerous miracles he allowed me 2 see. My faith is strong. There have been many other blessings. The Devil has destroyed my life more than once! I came out of his hell stronger and closer 2 God tho…So my problem now is…thru my x wife’s tempting persistance, she convinced me to do meth ‘one’ time….that was ten yrs ago. Last year I took on the needle, and I’m sick of it! But next time that powerful craving comes I got something for that Demon! And thankyou 4 reminding me how easy it is to simply call out 2 God. I believe that’s all He’s been waiting on! A weight just left my chest! Glory to God! As tears flood my eyes……Amen and Amen.

she starts calling me…I’m going to call upon Him, one craving at a time. Thankyou 4 reminding me how simple calling out 2 God is.


Lee September 26, 2012 at 1:17 am

I wrote down all the versus mentioned and will be studying them. I am married to a wonderful woman but I am tempted to watch material of pornographic nature and whenever I see pretty woman I get sexual thoughts about them – I hate myself for that as I tried so many times to overcome that temptations as I di not want to do that or think those thoughts,it puts a strain on my marriage and makes me very depressed as I am very ashamed of what I do and think. Please pray for me that the holy spirit can work in me to put a stop to this temptations – I choose God as my Father and saviour but my actions does not speak of that, I am tired of falling prey to those temptations and I know I disappoint God every time when I am fall prey to those temptations


David Peach October 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Lee, here is a recommendation that I know has worked for others. Be open and honest with your wife. Let her know that you have been viewing pornography and ask her to help you stop. I know that is a conversation that is hard to have.

How will she help you? By holding you accountable. She simply needs to trust you. And you have to be worthy of her trust. You will earn this trust by promising her that you will tell her every time you view pornography. And then you need to tell her every time so that you are not a liar.

It is very hard to look her in the eye and tell her what you have done. You should only need to do that a couple of times before the shame of having that conversation is more unpleasant than the perceived happiness the sin brings you.


Shibu Edison September 29, 2012 at 1:45 am

An excellent article to keep ourselves in line with the God’s will. Keep it up

Shibu , UAE


allan September 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Praying with you Lee. You will overcome


Elena October 24, 2012 at 10:24 am

Thank for this, it has helped me. I struggle with temptations way more often then I would like too. I know my weakness and give into it more often then I would like to. I have a void inside me that I try to fill in all the wrong places. Pray for me that I will get my strength and courage to do what’s right not for me but for my saviour.


collin February 9, 2013 at 2:12 am

Thank you for this post. I have struggled with many kinds of addiction and somehow justified it as moderation…I am humbled and thankful. I am ashamed that I have taken so long to develop a guide toward a moral compass. But, one fearful step at a time I am finding my backbone and strength. We need no recognition, just follow your heart. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to deal with those of us who have not been morally grounded.


Ted November 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

James 5:16 Confess your sins to each other


Jonathan November 20, 2012 at 8:47 am

Hi, thank you so much for this article. I struggle a lot with temptations everyday. I know that Jesus will help me. Praise God !!!


genesis December 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I have a lust problem i get lustful thoughts all the time and i know it is wrong but i cant stop and thats why i have to think about god all day to try and not have lustful thoughts. but i still have lustful thoughts.


Lawrence January 1, 2013 at 8:13 am

David thank you so much for this resource. I’m in the middle of leading my family through a 10-day fast and prayer that we do at the beggining of every year and I can identify with everything in this article as well as the one on fasting. However what I especially appreciate in this piece is that I’ve learnt about having an Accountability Partner and I believe that this is one sure way to grow in the spirit.

Not only are you accountable to them regarding sin but also even in your dedication and committment to the work of God. Thank you sir and may my God continue to use you and richly reward you.


little dave January 1, 2013 at 8:23 am

hi.i would like to thank you for enlightening my heart by the saving power of God’s Word.. God bless you and please include me in your prayer.


fred January 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Thoughts of temptation which lead to sinful situations, as spirit filled Christians we must remember
that we cannot overcome through the flesh – it’s all part of the sanctification process

1 – first, it is the Holy Spirit that gives us the desire to overcome

2 – the first step is is to acknowledge that within ourselves(the flesh) it is impossible to obey the law so total surrender to God is critical – doing so allows the power of the Holy Spirit to work in our lives – when the Lord sees that we have given up all the excuses and we have a sincere desire to walk in victory, then God faithfully comes to our aid

3 – the third step, when temptation comes, we absolutely resist and allow God to work his overcoming power
in our life as we mature in Christ


Eugene January 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm

David, you are doing a great job to win more souls to Christ. But when you imply that sins are automatically forgiven when committed without confession provided one has accepted Christ in baptism, one gets worried. Given the nature of man, would this not be tantamount to granting a LICENSE to keep committing sin? You will appreciate there is an issue here. In fact after committing sin and confessing, there should be a sincere resolve not to get back to sinning. All the best.


gagamichaeljudy January 22, 2013 at 4:06 am

Thank you for this. When you have given up something that you know isn’t right, and your doing great for a long time,years, but then their comes that time when it randomly comes up again in your lfe. And you don’t know how easy it is to fall back. The hard thing also is not to get or stay depressed about falling back or stay defeated in the sin because of thinking you already messed up, and thinking you broke everything you’ve worked for but to think that God is forgiving, even when you have failed Him again and think all is lost.


Jbustle February 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Am into a relationship with a lady I love so much and my plans is to see I marry her but am still in school have one and half year to graduate hw can I keep this relationship save also to avoid sex mean while I want 2 marry please help


Robert February 24, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Commit the relationship to God and obey His standards for your relationship, not the standards of the culture or Hollywood. God bless you in this relationship.
Yours I
n Christ,


Natalya Cope April 5, 2013 at 12:53 am

Thank -you so much for providing me with this valuable article. I will use this article to do better. Your article makes me want to be a better person. I know in my heart that if I follow these steps that I will be free or become a better person. Thank- you so much.


kristin May 10, 2013 at 5:53 am

I really needed to read this today. I’ve been battling an addiction to pain pills for 4 years now. The temptation is so strong that I can’t seem to break free from this. I go to bed with pills on my mind and before I even open my eyes in the morning its running through my mind. I’ve hit my knees crying and praying a million times in the past years but no matter what those pills always win. I ask that you guys pray for me that I can overcome this and be the woman God needs me to be.


David Peach May 10, 2013 at 11:11 am

Kristin, I have prayed for you and your situation this morning. I know the Lord can help you overcome this addiction. There are some good addiction recovery programs offered through local churches. Ask your pastor if he knows of any in your area. They are biblically based programs that can give you real help and support.


Wolverine January 9, 2014 at 8:48 am

I need help with pornography!!!!! I cannot quit!!! Is more powerful than me!!! I know God is bigger and I pray and I believe it, however I can’t b free. I think God gave me deaf ears, and blind eyes!!! I might b trashed already regardless what I believe. I feel so tired and about to loose my third marriage.


Eddie January 12, 2014 at 1:34 am

Dear Wolverine,

After a permanent struggle with sin in my life (internet pornography), despite my wholehearted desire to please God as I am a believer, I continually experience God’s mercy and grace towards me. The devil has kept trying to prevent me from coming back to God for forgiveness whenever I sin, but as I feel convicted by His Holy Spirit and my spirit gets overwhelmed by the sadness, emptiness and helplessness that sin brings with it, the Spirit of God leads me to yield myself to Him in prayer and cry to Him in Jesus name, for His forgiveness, and for changing my heart completely. I can acknowledge then how God is good, as He gently restores His peace, hope and joy in my life. Nothing is worst in life than the realization of having lost your relationship with God due to sin. Likewise, nothing is better in life than having peace with God and experiencing His love and protection every day as you put Him at the Centre of your life.
Now, after many years, I know for certain that only Love can give you victory over sin and over the Devil. Yes, it is the love from those who love me, first from God thru Jesus Christ, second from my wife and my 9 yr-old son, and third from others. God shows His love to me at all times in many ways, and it has the power to humble me and to change me. In a similar way, the love from my wife and son also touches and humbles me as it makes me accountable to God who has entrusted them to me. How unbearable it is to realize that when I sin, it carries curses not only upon myself but also upon my household, even until the 4th or 5th generation, then I can’t help of thinking of my loving son and wife, and I feel overwhelmed by sadness as I do not want them to pay the consequences of my sin. They are surely innocent. I also know that my obedience to God can bring all the blessings to my household, as God is faithful to His promises, then I realize I have to choose well, to do good so I and my family can live, and not to chose evil which will surely lead me and my family to death and destruction. These thoughts have helped me overcome the sin of immorality, and despite that the battle takes place at every moment, in my mind, now I know that the love of God for me thru Christ and the love that God gives me thru my dear wife and son, and thru so many other people, it can defeat the world as it is stronger than any temptation to sin. stronger than the devil, stronger than anything in this life. Praise God! Thank you LORD Jesus you have defeated the world, and the devil, and your victory is also also my victory, and my household’s victory everyday and forever. Amen!

God bless!


Veronica December 6, 2015 at 5:52 pm

Bro, pray hard pray intentionally and with sincerity admit to God your Father that you cant do it that you need Him more than pornography, ask that He will excite your heart for Him. Get into the Word daily, don’t just pick it up when tempted, put on the Armour daily be ready for the vile of the devil. Prepare. get rid of things that have your attention. If its the net GET RID OF IT or put a Safe Eyes program on it and give the password to someone else to hold. Keep your computer ever present before others like in the living room. God bless you and help you brother. Peace in the name of the Lord Jesus.


Jack Wellman December 6, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Well said my sister in Christ. Thanks for encouraging Wolverine.


Jack Wellman December 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm

You are the encourager aren’t you. What a blessing you must be to those around you Veronica. Thank you and I thank God for you!


Veronica December 13, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Oh thank you Jack Wellman. God has always been good to me that is why i desire to show goodness to others. The truth of God does surely set us free. 🙂


Jack Wellman December 13, 2015 at 5:16 pm

God deserves and receives all glory Veronica but thank you for your encouraging words.

ashley February 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm

hi, thank u so much for posting this article. i am 25 years ols and i stuggle with drug addition..i have been taking opiates for about 8 years now and I have tried any and every rehab and treatment I can find but somehow it does not work, i turned to God when i was 22 and got baptized for the first time in my life…I have still stuggled with drug addiction and to this day I still slip up. Are there any particular scriptures or advice u could possibly give me on this temptaition from this horrible curse?


Jack Wellman February 10, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Hello Ashley and thank you for your comment. Let me direct you to this article called how to overcome addictions at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-can-i-overcome-addiction-and-sin-in-my-life/ It is full of biblical Scriptures that you can write down and memorize but it also has practical application steps you can take. Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. I am not the author of this fine article but simply another writer here and I will pray for you my sister in Christ and don’t ever give up for He won’t ever give up on you!


Rachel August 24, 2014 at 1:09 am

Thank you God for this website and for your good word. Lately my marriage has been rocky and not sure either of us know how to get past this point. Feeling unequally yoked. I am also struggling with the addiction of cigarettes. I have smoked for so long and find it very hard to get away from and my husband has no ittention to quit which also makes it hard for me to stop.


Veronica December 6, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Hi Rachel.:) I had been a smoker for 11 years. I found other things to do to distract me, I also kept my mind on things that are affected by tobacco for example your teeth, how you smell, what others must think and if you have children it would help if maybe you think about how the smell on your clothing can in fact play a huge part in second hand smoking i know of people “personally” who have died from 2nd hand smoking. When i focused on these things i saw them as my accountability partners. Being a Christian helps also, although i did quit before i recommitted my life to God, because i had my own personal desire to quit, but by the grace of God i am still smoke free today. 🙂 I will pray for you sister. Also, marriage is maybe the hardest relationship to work on BUT it so worth the tears, the struggle to do right by your spouse even at those times he doesn’t deserve it, its so worth the sacrifices you make. God will help you, he promises us that he will never leave us, he is our very PRESENT help in times of trouble and temptation. Peace in the name of the Lord. 🙂

Psalm 46 King James Version
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.


Larry Edwards February 4, 2015 at 6:29 am

Being in a constant battle with temptation has been one of my dark valleys of life. I desire a better & loving relation with God. I thank you very much for all information you have given to us all on this mater. This article I will keep and read to strengthen me. Praise the Lord Jesus for all he gives us, let us give it all back to him in the same way.


Veronica December 6, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Hi Larry. I understand your struggle i too battle with the flesh i think all Christians can relate. I would love to keep fellowship with God always, but it can be hard. But, let us keep fighting the good fight. Praying for you brother.


Jeff wood February 9, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Giving a testimony 12th of February asking you to agree with me that God will use the testimony he gave me to give other’s hope .


Veronica December 6, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Shine your light and know that the Lord loves it when we testify of His goodness and His great mercies He has shown us. May your testimony turn hearts to God. Blessings in the name of the Lord. 🙂


friend May 26, 2015 at 6:39 am

thank you so much.. last point touched my heart..
He has already forgiven you if you’re a Christian. Going to Him in confession makes it easier for you to have clear communication with Him.

im strugling in temptation to watch pics n vedios sometimes.. this i cudnt overcome… many a times m ending up feeling guilt.. God is such a wonderful loving God .. thank u so much 4 dis article.


Veronica December 6, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Friend – The Lord searches our hearts. He knows all struggle. I pray you dont lose heart but will instead trust in Him who is willing to even use your struggle for your good. I dont know how, but he has promised. Read Romans 8:28. God bless


Vance July 7, 2015 at 10:52 am

Sometimes I feel like giving up because I always promise God in my prayers that “I won’t turn back this time” but actually it doesn’t happen. I try my best and I get nowhere.
Even if God is too patient as he says he will end up giving up on me, I think.
I’ve read your instructions and are very helpful, I thank you but I will really also need your prayers.
Even today I’m still trying to stop doing this sinful thing.


Veronica December 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm

I can relate Vance. I can pray for you 🙂


Cheri December 13, 2015 at 11:21 pm

Thank you for this, I did need it, I DO need it. I am majorly tempted and am having a really hard time saying no to that which I know is sin. I cannot do all of these, but I think that if I do most of them (just not the step with accountability, don’t feel that I can tell anyone about my temptation–especially not my family) I will be able to successfully say NO to my temptation and not feel like such a horrible being all the time. Besides keeping a secret creates such anxiety. …..p.s. just so I can write it out, my temptation is lesbianism, I don’t know exactly why but I am attracted to other women as well as men, maybe women more then men….


Bill Kaufman January 13, 2016 at 8:27 am

I have struggled as long as I can remember with porn and sex addictions. It ruined or helped to ruin one marriage and currently I am on the verge of ruining another because of it. I have had times where Ive had it under control and then for no particular reason it comes roaring back again. I have had a very troubled life that I can partly blame for my insecurities, but I have also had an incredible life with many personal accomplishments for which I am very proud of.
My addictions have cost me more than any of the good points in my life have brought me. I lost my kids because of it which no punishment can ever equal. But still I struggle. My wife doesn’t understand how strong of an addiction it is and that I should just as she says ” Put my big boy pants on” and get over it. If it were just that simple. I was sexually abused mentally as a child. My younger brother was raped by my step father( his father) and these are things I just can never let go of. I have found a support group through a local church called “Celebrate Recovery”. Its a start I know but it will not cure all my issues. One on one therapy and allowing God into my life is hugely needed. I have always been part of one church or another but have always kept God at arms length. I have gone through the motions of being a Christian and became involved in which ever church I attended but never truly felt God in my heart. One of the reasons for that I believe is that fact that the man that tormented me and abused my brother was a so called man of God. He was a Deacon and usher at the Baptist church we attended. He was a guest speaker at not only our church but others as well. I could not and still to this day do not understand how someone who claimed to be such a devout christian, could do these things. he was not only a pedophile but a homosexual as well. He died many years ago so I cannot unfortunately hole him accountable for his actions. I cannot hold him fully responsible for my actions but I know I am what I am partly because of it. My younger brother who he raped and molested starting at the age of 6 is now married to another man and is a practicing Buddhist. But he is happy and content in his life.
I want and need to find peace in my life and make amends to those whose lives I have damaged, repair my own life and get right with God. Until I submit none of these things will ever happen.


Jack Wellman January 13, 2016 at 9:29 am

Thank you Mr. Kaufman. Your brother who is now a practicing Buddhist will not be content on the day of Judgment (Rev 21:8) as his and all lost people’s fate is not good at all (Rev 20:12-15). Our past cannot shape how we are today for we are supposed to be new creations in Christ (2nd Cor 5:17) and all the old things should pass away (2nd Cor 5:18-19) so if you are still living in sin, you may have never been saved. The only way a person is saved is by repenting (which means turning away from and forsaking sin) and then trusting in Christ. Have you done that my friend/ You cannot blame others who are supposed to be Christian but may be false converts and have your past determine your future. Are you still into pornography? here is some help at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-overcome-an-addiction-to-pornography-help-for-struggling-christians/ I strongly suggest you read it and try not to use the past to shape your future. God forgives us of ALL of our sins so we must forgive others. If not, you’re doomed to live in the past forever my friend.


Bill January 20, 2016 at 9:15 am

I have read that web-post thank you and have started reading the Bible and try to keep my mind occupied. I work full time and go to school full time so I don’t have time for my idol mind to wander into my past. I will continue to be strong and move forward


Jack Wellman January 20, 2016 at 11:04 am

Thank you so much sir. May God bless your walk with Christ.


Ariel January 21, 2016 at 10:24 pm

Great job!! This is wonderful! I am very happy for you 🙂 I had similar struggles but the main thing that has helped me is praying everyday (I try to do it pretty often) and reading the Bible. Articles like this one and YouTube videos with similar subject matter has also been beneficial. Thank you Mr. Wellman, for letting the Holy Spirit speak through you. The world needs more people like you 🙂


Ariel January 21, 2016 at 10:04 pm

Hi! I have never struggled with this but I watched my grandmother struggle with alcoholism for years. I just want to say I am very proud of you and happy for you… and so is God! <3


Keith February 7, 2016 at 11:10 pm

The article was very informative thank you


hmp February 20, 2016 at 10:12 pm

this is wrong it does say in the bible that you must forgive others for god to forgive you!!!!!!!! thank you look it up!! read the bible before you post thanks!!


hmp February 20, 2016 at 10:17 pm

Jesus Christ, and the Christian faith.

Matthew 6:14-15

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins


Toyah March 28, 2016 at 8:15 pm

Thank you for these helpful tips to avoiding temptation. The main point that really spoke to me was Understand Your Personal Weaknesses, I often avoid thinking about weaknesses I have as it brings condemnation and I just want to run and hide from God. But here I see that if I look at them then with God I can overcome temptation that comes with these weaknesses.


annon April 24, 2016 at 2:47 am

I am struggling with getting into university with all the pressure around me and being in a relationship. It’s hard because my father does not agree with me being in a relationship but he does order me to do what he wants which is attending uni. I need help on how to finish this year in success and just to have peace at heart.


James July 9, 2016 at 11:26 am

Thank you for this. I failed many times because of temptation. I am hoping to avoid it with the help of these tips. Thank you so much!


Amollo Violet September 21, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Thanks so much for the nice teachings…it’s so encouraging


Kimberly Nugent February 8, 2017 at 9:27 am

Thank you. I needed this. It is so timely


cindy April 9, 2017 at 4:58 am

hi,, this is my first time to ask for an advice with my struggles in life. anyone please just tell me what is the right thing to do,, though i actually know what would be the rigth thing to do but just to hear from a mature christian speaks to me, i think it would be a help. i had a commitment with my partner, we have 6 years old daughter. he is the man i wanted to marry although we fight a lot to the extent that we physically hurt each other. i provoked him thats why he hurt me in some point. i am the only breed winner in the family, but i think i liked it that way anyway. it seems that he doesn’t like to work,,but i actually dont know whats in his heart or does he has any dream for us. but its ok as long as we are not starving, working alone will not be an issue, unless there’s i had a swing mood and i nag at him that why i was only doing the earning and the house chores. he is a slight lazy man,, i maybe not the right one for him but i always pray that we could change into a mature couple. huh,, sorry guys,,it sounds complicated but please bear with me. We are almost 7 years as couple, but only recent i heard that he wished also to marry me,, yes we are not married and at some point we come to a fight because i want him to marry me but im so shy to ask him right in his face,, a little pride left for myself i though. So just recently,, he wanted to marry me but i was already miles away because of my job.. of course,, i was so happy knowing that,, and all those butterfly and flowers fells just around the corner. i was so hopeful then that we could survive,,that we could be together as one happy family. we love our child so much. so i was still so in love with him. i dont remember i missed one night asking God to guard my heart and protect me from any temptation,, it was a sincere prayer i know because i love him, i love my family. it was late in year 2016, when one guy constantly showing his interest on me. At first,, i was so sure that i wouldn’t fall for him,, many months past nothing happened,. but on february 2017 something unexpected happened. i cheated on my partner. this guy showed cares and i knew, it was not really real beacause we are stuck in a very small place that we see each other most of the time. he has a girlfriend left in our country home. so what i did is to slowly broke my partners heart. i told the latter that dont wait for me,, “if you could find another you wished to marry, someone who could bring out the best in you,, i would respect that. because right now, im not so sure what i really want in life.. i just wanted to earn money,, so i could help my siblings and my mama..( a truth somehow).. my mother was too old to work,, and i heard in her voice everytime we had a talk tru phone,, she was happy that i could help them,,. i felt so happy that i could them financially. my partner was no issue with regards to money. so now, i was left alone thinking that would be the best thing to do. i wanted to go back to my partner and win him back, but im afraid that if we could be together, we would punch me when we had fight, im afraid that what if i could not control and nag him that i do all the earnings, and i eventually lose my respect for him..im afraid of a messy life with him but he is a real good father and i know no man can love me the way he do. about the guy who shows interest in me still has a lovely relationship with his girlfriend and proudly posted all over the internet while he left me hanging. he dont make promises but somehow asking me to stay..i already ended the relationship on him but what if he come back? we are in 5 meters distance most of the time,even after work. i was so confused how to manage myself not to be tempted again. please help.


Jack Wellman April 9, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Hello Cindy. You and your boyfriend really need to talk to your pastor about what you are doing and how you are living. If you are having sex outside of marriage, you have no assurance of your salvation because people who claim to be Christians and live in sin, are not genuine believers (1 John chapter 3). I hope you get out of these situations and not have any more sexual immorality, if that’s what’s happening, because only those who have repented of their sins (brought by God) and trust in the Savior are saved. Do you have a church home? Are you now living with a man who is not your husband? If so, you need to fear God (Rev 21;8) because those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom.


Newsom September 28, 2019 at 5:08 pm

Don’t listen to Jack, Cindy. It would be interesting to know the horrible sins he commits in thought, word, and deed. We’re saved because we’re sinners, and we continue to sin even after we’re saved. Christians, after they’re saved, can still get involved in all sorts of horrible sins. The fact that you feel conviction is a sign in and of itself that you have the Holy Spirit convicting you. You’re situation is particularly difficult because you have a child involved, and you’ve been living as a family for all these years. I’d ask Jack which is worse, destroying a family, or continuing like you are and praying to God for help. This is what my suggestion would be. Pray earnestly to God for help and that you don’t like living in sin as you are. Perhaps tell you’re partner to either marry you, or you’re moving into another bedroom – that may get his attention!


Jack Wellman September 28, 2019 at 5:23 pm

Hello Newsom. I would say to Cindy that we are indeed saved by grace and not by works, but yes, I have committed sins, but you also have committes terrible or horrible sins, as you are still a sinner, yet saved. So sad to see judge others (like me) and yet you will be judged according to how you’ve judged others. What a question. I feel sad for you in asking “which is worse, destroying a family, or continuing like you are and praying to God for help.” I have never insinuated or even said such a thing. You need to repent adn I believe you should be banned from this site because there is no room for condemnation of others. So you would rather her live in sin, being unmarried? I pray you see your error and move past this. Please seek counsel or study the Bible better. If she is convicted of sin and yet remains in sin, what good is that. Please cease from your ungodly counsel Newsom. I hope you dont’ give others such ungodly or unbiblical counsel.


mariana June 1, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Thank you so much! I am blessed with these tips.


Jared radtke June 29, 2017 at 6:13 am

Thanks for about 4 years I’ve been struggling with the same sin over and over and over again when I first started going against it I would read my bible for a few hours a day at that point I was already doing the sin for about a year and couldn’t stop but when I kept reading my bible and praying it became easier and easier to resist but over time it built up and I couldn’t stop thinking about it and prayed and prayed to make it stop but after a few weeks I did it again and would do it every day sometimes skip a day or two but about a year ago I started straying away from god more and more when I was 11 I prayed every night for a few mins when I was 16 it I prayed less and now I dont pray anymore not wanting to talk to him because I’m disgusted with myself but I’m not going to give up I’m going to keep pushing even though its been an addiction I’ve had for years and won’t get any help from anyone and seems so impossible to stop I even do it out of Habbit sometimes even if I dont want to I’m 17 now and I’m gona make sure I dont let him down


Gary July 6, 2017 at 11:47 am

I found this site while struggling to fight a particular sin of which I am weak. I pray and reach out to the Lord and have faith he will bring me to a place of strength. Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lords service.


Jack Wellman July 6, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Thank you sir. You are not alone as God will never leave you or forsake you and others are in your situation…my prayers for you Gary.


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