4. Clean out the cupboards
It’s time to empty your life of the things that tempt you. If you struggle with pornography, you cannot keep your computer in a secluded room without some type of accountability software installed. If you have difficulty controlling your drinking, you cannot keep alcohol in your house or frequent bars and clubs. If you have anger-related issues, you cannot watch violent movies or listen to music that indulges or inflames your anger. If you are obsessed with gossip, stop lounging around the water cooler, and turn off TMZ. Paul urges us in Ephesians 4:27, “Do not give the devil a foothold.” Translation: Do your utmost to eliminate any chance of either the devil or your own evil desires grabbing hold of any corner of your life and climbing further into your heart to bend it to his will.