Do What You MUST to Conquer Lust part 3: Understand Your Triggers

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls
Proverbs 25:28
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32
A trigger is something that sets off a series of events that draws us to sin. While most everyone can understand the external stimulation that can lead towards sin, the deeper root of the issue is often the real problem. It is the problem of the heart. The heart is the seat of our emotions, will, and spirit. The heart is where true worship is birthed and cultivated. The heart is also where idolatry infects our being. It is the vain pursuit to satisfy ourselves with something smaller than God himself. Internal triggers can cause us to pursue these smaller gods.Internal triggers are divided into two categories: the physical and the emotional. Examples of physical triggers include, pain, tiredness, or hunger. Emotional triggers may include, anger, anxiety, distress, insecurity, loneliness or depression.
Now realize that triggers are not the reason for your sinful struggles. Rather they are an indication when sin is crouching at your door. They are instances when you are vulnerable to the temptations of an easier “fix” that promises quick relief, yet never delivers The problem is still the desires of your deceitful heart that is pursuing false intimacy and fulfillment in something lesser than God (James 1:14). As Christians we are to be aware of the enemy and his designs on bringing us down (1 Peter 5:8). And as we grow in understanding our triggers, we can govern the nurturing of our spirit and gain self control. When we take deliberate steps to feed our spiritual walk and set up walls against vulnerabilities in our own life, we can begin to address the heart issues which lie beneath any sinful struggle. That idea will be more developed in the next part.See related articles:
First things first
Delight in God

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