Most Christians think walking with the Lord is a laborious process of giving up all earthly desires and winning the endless battle of temptation. Although in Mark 8:34-35 (NIV) it is clear that Jesus asks every man to carry his cross, deny himself and, follow him; most Christians can make this command more complicated than it really needs to be. There is a practical way to follow Christ and to steer clear of constantly battling it out with sin.
In the study called the Invisible war by John Jacob, he breaks down the predictable pattern of temptation into three easy steps. Frist , temptation gets your attention. Secondly, it arouses your emotions. Finally, temptation leads you to action or sin. He then goes on to say that the reason why most Christians fail when battling it out with sin is because they try to flee temptation at the point of action. At the point of action it is almost impossible to overcome temptation because the believer is already emotionally invested in the situation. The key is to stop temptation at attention. Instead of clicking on that pop-up ad for online porn, turn off your computer and do soothing completely different such as cardio workout. Change up your whole environment and activity so that your mind will follow your body. Remember the bible never speaks of facing temptation in hand to hand combat, but instead to flee or run from temptation. God never gives His people something that they can not handle. Hold on to the promise In 1 Corinthians 10:13.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”