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        When a trigger hits it is wise to stop and think. What is happening and why is it happening? #2 Write down your thoughts and emotions in that situation. #3 Have a plan for fighting triggers. First, have a couple of prayers and start praying them fervently. Next, say repeatedly, “I can always stop temptation with the verses for quitting if it starts to overwhelm me.”
        Second, it is vital to get active in some way once you are triggered. Think of 3 physical activities. Pick the best one. But, what if you don’t feel like doing that activity? Remember, you are doing it so that you can quit and have a great life, not because you want a spectacular experience that minute. Consider saying every few minutes during your new activity:
        “This plan will really help me learn how to deal with triggers.”
        Finally, start giving thanks for the good things you have, and start to praise the Lord. You can overcome triggers and someday you will be able to help others overcome as well. That’s the purpose driven life.

      • #18144

          We should confess every sin every time and confess every sinful thought every time. For some… that will be a constant stream of confession. Good. Work constantly on using your confession as a reminder to think new thoughts. With every bad thought consider praying:
          “Father, I am sorry again. I agree with you that this thought is wrong.”
          Second, take 5 minutes to truly repent (When not busy). Consider praying:
          “Jesus, I do not take Your cross for granted. Please help me to turn from triggers.”
          Third, do not take God’s grace for granted like Annanias did (Lying to Peter). That ended very poorly.
          Fourth, Consider memorizing good things to “Think about.” There are several in this thread and a bunch in the article Think About.
          If you think correctly, nothing can stop you.

        • #18152

            Are we missing out on things if we don’t sin? The correct answer is we are not, but it is complicated.

            There is only a finite amount of joy we can have. A fixed maximum amount. A finite amount of fun, excitement, and pleasure (FEP). When we do everything God’s way, we are close to the max amount on all 3 almost all the time. But when we only do a few things God’s way, we experience a below-average amount of fun, excitement, and pleasure (FEP) from normal activities.

            So we fight to do things God’s way and our FEP steadily increases. But if we fall we get short-term fun then disaster. With satan’s way, our FEP for the month and year are always lower. With God’s way, our month and year are always higher. Plus once we start overcoming, our today starts to become higher and better as well.

            If you want your FEP level high all the time, start aggressively doing things God’s way.


            Prayer should be the most joyful time of our day. Once you learn how to do it, and make it a habit, it should be something you want to do and look forward to doing. So take a block of time out of your day and just talk honestly to God. Just start with the Lord’s pray and then move on.

            If you are lonely pray, “Father, take away this spirit of drinking/drugs, this loneliness, and prepare me to help others.” If you are bored, pray, “Father, take away this spirit of drinking/drugs, and show me what you want me to do.” If you are sad, pray, “Father, take away this spirit of drinking/drugs, this sadness, and fill me with Your joy.” If you are covetous of other women, pray, “Father, take away this spirit of covetousness and help me to be content.” If you are depressed, pray, “Father, take away this spirit of drinking/drugs, this depression, and fill me with Your fire.

            Key point: If you are willing to do something for God someday; your prayers will increase in power.

            Write your own 2-way prayer. A 2-way prayer is saying what God wants and saying what you want. If you want your depression gone that is one half. And God really wants your drinking/drugs gone, that is the other half.

            I have probably prayed, “Father, take away my spirit of ______, and help me to care about souls,” ten thousand times. Every time I prayed it I was totally sincere. For a long time, I was just another train wreck person trying to quit. But over time I started to change. And now that prayer is really being answered for me. And for the first time in my life this verse is true: Psalms 16:In thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

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