Repeat it out loud to stop the cycle

Luke 11:4
“And lead us not into temptation.” (ESV)

Today’s Thought
Did you realize that 95% of the ocean is still unexplored? That’s right. Ninety-five percent!

That statistic just blows me away. Imagine all the beauty yet to be seen. Imagine all the cures for diseases that are simply undiscovered!

That’s like the Bible.

Most of us can recall a few key passages like “love your neighbour as yourself” or “The LORD is my shepherd…” But the incredible depths of the Bible often remain unexplored, and therefore, undiscovered. We miss out on its vastness and power.

So here’s what I think you should do.

I think you should be honest with yourself about the areas of temptation in your life. Maybe you’re tempted to overspend, or possibly overeat. Maybe some of you are tempted with lust. Maybe some of you are tempted to overwork. Think about it for a second: What is your greatest temptation?

When you answer that question, look up what the Bible says about resisting that temptation. You can use Google. Or if you have a study Bible with a word index at the back, go there.

Then here’s what you do: Memorize the verse that talks about your specific temptation. And then, whenever you feel tempted, repeat that verse to yourself out loud.

The more you get into God’s word, the more God’s word gets into you.

You don’t have to be pushed around by temptation. In fact, most of the time, the reason we get pushed around by our temptations is because we let them do the pushing.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Today, memorize the verse that talks about your specific temptation. And then, whenever you feel tempted, repeat that verse to yourself out loud.

The more scientists explore the ocean, the more they discover it’s beauty and life-giving gifts. The same is true for the Bible.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • “Spirituality for Normal People” is a podcast by my friend Matt Brough, also the author of the Del Ryder series of books. He’s got some great perspectives, and recently here interviewed me for the show which came out yesterday. If you want to hear our conversation you can check it out here. You can even subscribe (for free!) to stay tuned up in your walk of faith. Enjoy!

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