Sometimes, overcoming addiction is as simple as learning how to manage temptation. James said, “A person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed” (James 1:14)
Greg Laurie identifies five steps to temptation.
- We think it.
- We desire it.
- We process it.
- We do it.
- We regret it.
The key is to stop the train before it leaves the station. Once we start thinking about the object of our cravings, the process is already in motion, and it becomes very hard to stop. The answer is to take every thought captive before that process gets going (2 Corinthians 2:5).
Recovery Step: Keep your thoughts on a short leash.