Temptations are strong! They are not outside of us, they are from within us. Because they are within us, temptations can begin to feel like a part of us, they can begin to label and define us.
Though your temptations may feel like the truest thing about you, they are not. You are more than your temptations. Those lusts and desires actually belong to a former you, a dead you. Now it’s time to believe that, and stop letting your zombie corpse stand in the way of who God has remade you to be.
Here are three ways to say no to temptation and yes to God.
(1) Embrace your new identity in Christ. (Colossians 3:1-4)
Christians, you have been raised from the dead and seated with Christ! You have died to your old life and you now have new life that is with Christ in God. Because Jesus is your life, your fixed hope is in His appearing, after which you will reign with Him forever.
Now that you are in Christ, you are no longer identified by skin pigmentation (Greek or Jew), religious practice (circumcision or uncircumcision), or social standing (slave or free). The new you is defined by Christ, for “Christ is all, and in all.” So what’s true about Christ, is true about you.
(2) Put off the old you. (Colossians 3:5-11)
“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” This list once described you, but no more. These are the earthly things that once captured your heart, but now you must put them all away. In Christ you have put off the old self with its practices, and Christ calls you to stop going back to them.
(3) Put on the new you. (Colossians 3:12-17)
Not only have you put off the old self, you have also “put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” In Christ you have put on your new identity, defined by Christ, not your flesh. This new you is being renewed in knowledge after its Creator! Therefore, stop living how you use to live, and start living the truth of who God is remaking you to be.
Christians, stop listening and believing the lies your flesh whispers through temptation and lust. Believe what God declares and live according to that. You are no longer defined by your temptations, you are defined by your Savior.