[QTVOTD] The First 5 Seconds…

“[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; we also lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5 ->me: Today, folks, is epiphany day.  As I was thinking through our time last night (going over our commitments to purity) and the amazing retreat with the guys from church on the same topic, it dawned on me.  Why can’t I use the same strategies I have for dealing with temptations around sexual purity when I deal with my obsession over things (gadgets, widgets, shoes, etc)?  The big one is seize the first 5 seconds.  When my mind starts to go down the wrong path with something I see, I seize the first 5 seconds and go to prayer, scripture, and sometimes escape to do away with the temptation to mindfully entertain dwelling on what I have seen.  Why didn’t I think to apply the same logic to temptations around purchasing things I don’t need?  Well I put it to the test today and the Lord gave me strength in my weakness to turn away my thought of buying and to a thought of how I could use that money for His work.  Whoa….this has legs!

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