Tempted? Do this.

[Notice: I’m on vacation for August. So this month’s devotionals are some favourites from the past few years – and also previews of my upcoming book: “Up! – 313 Devotionals To Help You Start Your Day In A Biblical, Relevant Way.” Enjoy!]

Because you’re human, you get tempted.

Like many other people you get tempted to do or pursue something that seems good at the time, but will immediately or eventually lead to harm in your own life or in the lives of the people around you.

Some temptations are obvious. Like the temptation to steal something, or flirt with someone you shouldn’t, or cheat, or over-spend, or gossip.

But here’s something I think we all need to do when trying to make good decisions—and not sloppy ones that will come back to haunt us.


We live in the age of the quick fix. And I think Satan preys on our weakness to want instant everything. I imagine him whispering into our ears, ‘Don’t think about it, just do it! Now! What are you waiting for? Are you chicken?’

But bad short-term decisions often lead to hurtful long-term consequences.

Here is how James 1:14-15 (NLT) says it: “Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”

Yikes! I want my actions to give birth to life, not death!

So if you’re facing temptation, and especially if you have a habit of rushing into things…


Seek God’s will, and be thoughtful. Bad short-term decisions often lead to hurtful long-term consequences.

By Matthew Ruttan

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