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Date: 08.09.17
How Ninja Skills Can Help You Resist Temptation

Nowadays, it seems that people everywhere are talking about having Ninja skills—and that it’s a good thing. One day this crossed my mind, and just because I am a curious type, I decided to look up the definition of “ninja” online.

Here’s what I found:

“a person skilled in ninjutsu.”

Thank you, Merriam-Webster. You enlighten me.

When I dug a little deeper, I discovered that a Ninja warrior uses warfare and weaponry skills. This got me thinking that God’s kids have been given Ninja weapons by Him in the form of instructions in the Bible to battle temptation. Some of these instructions–or weapons against temptation–are listed in James 1:13-15.

“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully grown, brings forth death.”

In this passage, God reminds us of one thing we should pay very close attention to so we don’t get sucked into sin: desire. (Desire is why we do what’s wrong. Satan just comes along and seduces us when our desire is ripe.) As I read this passage, I thought about the progression that occurs when we get sucked into sin because of intense desire. And, I made a list of this progression. I’d like to share it with you.

As you go about your week, I invite you to think about this list. I also invite you to consider a time when you got sucked into sin and evaluate it against the list. Also, think about people you know who have gotten sucked into sin and evaluate their behavior against the list.

Why am I asking you to think about such awful stuff? Because it will help give you Ninja skills against the enemy the next time you’re tempted. Being aware of your Adversary’s tricks is a powerful thing.

When we give into temptation here’s what can happen:

1) We are overtaken by strong emotion that comes from desire.

2) We are confused.

3) We downplay the consequence of our sin.

4) We justify our behavior.

5) We may blame others for our choice.

6) We may even say that our sin is God’s will and that it’s not sin at all. (For example, We are happier, and doesn’t God want us to be happy, for heaven’s sake?)

Then, if we become fully rebellious, we may even turn against God.

But there is good news! God gives us a way out.

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Having some good friends or a community to hold you accountable doesn’t hurt either.

Oh, one more thing… .if you start thinking about a time when you fell into sin and the enemy starts beating you up, telling you that you are worthless, tell him to get lost because there isn’t any condemnation for you in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Then, whip out your Ninja weapons in 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

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10 thoughts on “How Ninja Skills Can Help You Resist Temptation

  1. Thank you for this Shana. I’ve been single from a divorce for 10 years and it’s been a struggle. Your posts have helped me through difficult times. I haven’t always been perfect but I keep on going. God bless your ministry.

    1. Hi, Rick.

      I am sorry to hear about your divorce. I can imagine that has been challenging. I do know that wrestling with temptation as a single can be difficult. I think as we understand that what we are experiencing is not uncommon, it takes a lot of the shame out of it so we can sense God’s grace in greater measure. You are not alone.

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Blessings,
      Shana

  2. Everything you said has happened to me. When temptation comes my way I think the same way as you described.
    This has helped me greatly.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi, David.

      So glad this has been helpful. You are not alone. I have been there and so has every other person on the planet. Here’s to God’s saving grace!

      Many blessings!
      Shana

  3. Great analogy . Your post are always an inspiration to me and fit whatever I am going thru at that time. God has blessed you in your works for him. Please do not stop what you are doing. Thank you. May God Bless you and family. Keep you safe and give you the peace you need for every day.

  4. This is a right on time article. For sometime now I’ve been battling desirous thoughts. These ninja skills ( cool name by the way ) have helped tremendously!!

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    1. You are very welcome, Shantell! It’s so easy for those thoughts just to creep in, right? Somehow, confessing them to a faithful, reasonable friend can help too. It’s like the oxygen gets sucked out of them when we bring them into the light.

  5. I really like how you say ‘God gives us a way out’, as this is where I turn each time after making a decision before making the next decision and it’s true, He really does!! You are right, it is quite the challenge as a single, but I’ve found that IF i would fall, this is what has kept me from letting satan beat me up. But also, this is what has kept me from so many sins that at one point, were traps I fell into! It is absolutely reassuring to KNOW as an individual “I” am not alone!!! I sure appreciate your blogs and vlogs you send out each week, as they have helped me tremendously!! I look forward to checking my emails and the anticipation to see ‘what is inside’ grows each week. Thanks for all you do 🙂

    1. Hi, Karen!

      I am so glad this has been helpful. I can totally relate to your sentiments. When we choose the wrong thing, it gives Satan a foothold and greater leverage to condemn. That’s what is awesome about grace, right?

      I’m glad you are here.

      Shana

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  • Thank you for this Shana. I’ve been single from a divorce for 10 years and it’s been a struggle. Your posts have helped me through difficult times. I haven’t always been perfect but I keep on going. God bless your ministry.

    • Hi, Rick.

      I am sorry to hear about your divorce. I can imagine that has been challenging. I do know that wrestling with temptation as a single can be difficult. I think as we understand that what we are experiencing is not uncommon, it takes a lot of the shame out of it so we can sense God’s grace in greater measure. You are not alone.

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Blessings,
      Shana

  • Everything you said has happened to me. When temptation comes my way I think the same way as you described.
    This has helped me greatly.

    Thank you.

    • Hi, David.

      So glad this has been helpful. You are not alone. I have been there and so has every other person on the planet. Here’s to God’s saving grace!

      Many blessings!
      Shana

  • Great analogy . Your post are always an inspiration to me and fit whatever I am going thru at that time. God has blessed you in your works for him. Please do not stop what you are doing. Thank you. May God Bless you and family. Keep you safe and give you the peace you need for every day.

  • This is a right on time article. For sometime now I’ve been battling desirous thoughts. These ninja skills ( cool name by the way ) have helped tremendously!!

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    • You are very welcome, Shantell! It’s so easy for those thoughts just to creep in, right? Somehow, confessing them to a faithful, reasonable friend can help too. It’s like the oxygen gets sucked out of them when we bring them into the light.

  • I really like how you say ‘God gives us a way out’, as this is where I turn each time after making a decision before making the next decision and it’s true, He really does!! You are right, it is quite the challenge as a single, but I’ve found that IF i would fall, this is what has kept me from letting satan beat me up. But also, this is what has kept me from so many sins that at one point, were traps I fell into! It is absolutely reassuring to KNOW as an individual “I” am not alone!!! I sure appreciate your blogs and vlogs you send out each week, as they have helped me tremendously!! I look forward to checking my emails and the anticipation to see ‘what is inside’ grows each week. Thanks for all you do 🙂

    • Hi, Karen!

      I am so glad this has been helpful. I can totally relate to your sentiments. When we choose the wrong thing, it gives Satan a foothold and greater leverage to condemn. That’s what is awesome about grace, right?

      I’m glad you are here.

      Shana

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