“My child, if sinners try to entice you, do not consent!” Proverbs 1: 10. This verse of scripture is very instructive. In this context, a sinner could be anyone who tries to entice you to do the wrong thing and that person could be your friend, parents, or siblings. As a child, it is important you know that to be tempted is not a sin. It is when you yield to the temptation to do evil or what is wrong that is a sin.
How does temptations come to us? Do they just jump on us or how? The answer to these questions is very simple. The Word of God says, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire” James 1: 14. Can you see that temptations does not jump on anyone but come through our lusts and desires? It is therefore very important you watch your desires; be careful what you lust after.
In 1 Corinthians 15: 33, the Apostle Paul admonished thus: “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” Again, communication here refers to the company you keep; the places you hangout; the books and magazines you read and the movies you watch. These things can influence your thoughts and desires. They are capable of causing you to commit sin if you are not careful. The images you watch in movies can stick in your mind and from time to time, the pictures play back. So you must be careful what you allow into your mind.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” Colossians 3: 16. One of the ways you can guide against falling into temptations is to mind your thoughts. Dominate your heart with God’s Word. Let it control your thoughts, contemplations, choices, words and actions. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things” Philippians 4: 8.