I found this a really helpful article, dissecting what temptation really is, and giving us inspiration to fight it, just as Jesus did.
How to Resist Temptation’s Mirage Moment – at Desiring God.
I love this statement near the beginning. How many times have I crossdressed because it seemed to promise me happiness? Only to discover afterwards that it brought nothing but discomfort and guilt.
Temptation is a disorienting, defiling experience when evil is presented to us as good. Destruction comes dressed up to look like happiness. Sin only occurs when we believe that the destructive lie can actually grant happiness.
Like any addiction, crossdressing always disappoints, but yet it always seems to call us back, and we hope each time that somehow it will be more fulfilling than last time, and so we do it again, but again it disappoints.
Our disoriented emotions begin to respond to this desire with a feeling of hope — hope that maybe this time, even if we’ve been disappointed many times before, the oasis will quench our desire. But we know that God has told us it is a false hope.
This last statement is great advice. I think it is a powerful exercise to do when tempted to crossdress. Why is it that I really want to crossdress? What is this actively falsely promising to fulfill for me? What is the activity really offering to me?
We must ask ourselves what the mirage is really promising? Sometimes just saying it out loud breaks its spell.
We must continually remind ourselves of God’s commands and God’s promises and the truth of God’s Word. We must not let our desires or our emotions control our lives. We will find true peace and happiness in God, not in sin.