If we are totally prepared for temptation, we will overcome it. I have set up boundaries to block myself from temptation. Proverbs 4:23: “See the evil, and hide yourself.”
A fantastic verse. See temptation for what it is, “See the evil.” See temptation as your light disappearing and your depression entering.
People who have been clean for 6 months have developed expertise at hiding themselves from temptation.
I stay totally prepared in prayer for temptation that pops up. I have developed habits of exactly what I will do when temptation pops up.
Matthew 26:41 ESV
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
2 Timothy 2:22 ESV
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
Flee means, “Don’t do it, and run with all your might.” Flee means you leave when people insist on talking about gambling. Flee means, you drop everything and run to scripture when tempting thoughts keep harassing you.
There should not be one minute in the day where we are not completely ready to flee.