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It’s important to see the relationship between Pain and Temptation. The Cycle of Temptation can either be a downward spiral of defeat or an upward trend of victory.  When we understand the full cycle of temptation, we can dislodge our short-term thinking and focus on the big picture.

The first stage of the cycle starts with some kind of hurt in our life.  Maybe it’s a loss of an important person, or physical pain of some kind.  Maybe it’s the ache and vacancy that deprivation leaves when a basic need goes unmet for too long.

This is when Temptation has its greatest opportunity.  It enters, offering us the relief and comfort that have eluded us for so long.

Pain and Temptation create in us a new supercharged flow of Creativity and Resourcefulness.  We don’t always have access to this reservoir of inspiration that pain causes to well up within us.  Creativity can take us in one of two directions.

This episode of Creativity can help us generate some really clever excuses. It can find fresh, new outlets for us to use to indulge our desires. It can teach us how to be wily and not get caught.

The Justification process tells us that we Deserve to feel better because we have suffered so much.  We are desperate to find a way to save ourselves and not be overwhelmed by the pain.  Surely God will understand.

We can also harness this short-lived period of creativity to find healthy forms of relief and comfort to help us through our pain.  We are motivated to find solutions.  If there are no solutions, we find other helpful coping systems.

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