“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; Jesus has come so that I may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
“Every temptation is an enticement to live independently of God.” The Bondage Breaker, pg. 136
“Most of us won’t often be tempted to commit obvious sins such as armed robbery, murder, or rape. Satan is too clever and subtle for that. He knows that we will recognize the flagrant wrong in such temptations and refuse to act on them. Instead, his tactic is to entice us to push something good beyond the boundary of the will of God until it becomes sin. He treats us like the proverbial frog in the pot of water: gradually turning up the heat of temptation, hoping we don’t notice that we are approaching the boundary of God’s will and jump out before something good becomes sin.” The Bondage Breaker, pg. 137
“The following statements reveal the sinful results in a number of areas where we are tempted to take the good things that God created beyond the boundary of God’s will.
•Physical rest becomes laziness
•Quietness becomes noncommunication
•Ability to profit becomes avarice or greed
•Enjoyment of life becomes sensuality
•Interest in the possession of others becomes covetousness
•Enjoyment of food becomes gluttony
•Self-care becomes selfishness
•Self-respect becomes conceit
•Communication becomes gossip
•Cautiousness becomes unbelief
•Positiveness becomes insensitivity
•Anger becomes rage and bad temper
•Loving-kindness becomes overprotection
•Judgment becomes criticism
•Same-sex friendship becomes homosexuality
•Conscientiousness becomes perfectionism
•Generosity becomes wastefulness
•Self-protection becomes dishonesty
•Carefulness becomes fear”
–The Bondage Breaker, pp. 137-138
“[Satan] learned about Jesus’ apparent vulnerability to physical temptation by watching Him go without food for 40 days. He’s watching you too, looking for soft spots of vulnerability in your physical appetites for food, rest, comfort, and sex. Temptation is greatest when hunger, fatigue, and loneliness are acute.” The Bondage Breaker, pg. 141
“God is under no obligation to us; He is under obligation only to Himself. There is no way you can cleverly word a prayer so that God must respond to it. That not only distorts the meaning of prayer but puts us in the position of manipulating God. The righteous shall live by faith in the written word of God and not demand that God prove Himself in response to our whims or wishes, no matter how noble they may be. We are the ones being tested, not God.” The Bondage Breaker, pg. 143
“Where is the way of escape [from temptation]? In the same place temptation is introduced: in your mind. Every temptation is first a thought introduced to your mind by your own carnality or the tempter himself. If you ruminate on that thought and consider it an option, you will eventually act on it and that’s sin.” The Bondage Breaker, pg. 148
“God has not only declared us forgiven, but He has removed our filthy garments of unrighteousness and clothed us with His righteousness. Notice that the change of wardrobe is something that God does, not we ourselves.” The Bondage Breaker, pg. 154
“Accusation leads to death; conviction leads to repentance and life.” The Bondage Breaker, pg. 157
“Don’t believe anything Satan says about you; it’s a lie. Believe everything God says about you; it’s the truth which will set you free.” The Bondage Breaker, pg. 161
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Rebecca Aarup is a redeemed prodigal, set free from over a decade of mental illness, eating disorders, addiction, and more. She now enjoys sharing her story of freedom and transformation, as well as teaching about spiritual warfare and the importance of understanding our identity in Christ.
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