HEART check

One of the many useful tools Celebrate Recovery teaches is the “Heart Check”. Ask yourself the following questions to give yourself a Heart Check and to know if you may be about to give in to temptation.

AM I…

Hurting?
Exhausted?
Angry?
Resentful?
Tense?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions you probably need to take a time out and give your hurts over to the Lord. You see, it is when we are mindful of our emotions, as well as where they take us when left unchecked, we are better able to prevent relapse and further damage to our relationships. But please don’t just take my word on the subject. Let’s look at scripture for further help. Here are just a few verses on the subject of what to do when temptation comes knocking on your door.

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

“For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” – Hebrews 2:18

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

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