Resisting Temptation’s Mirage

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.

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One comment on “Resisting Temptation’s Mirage

  1. K York says:

    Hi Thorin, and guys and gal, Interesting thoughts on how sinful temptation and cross dressing relate. Thus was not, however, my experience. So while the Lord has taken away my desire to cross dress, when I was doing it I was not disappointed, I did not feel guilt, it did make me happy, but I did not combine it with some of the sins that many do associate with it: masturbation, pornography, hurting family members, hiding things from your wives. But as a single guy living alone I did not have the guilt that married guys, or of young guys living at home, would have. All that to say that there are different motivations for different guys. And if I hadn’t been fairly convincing I don’t think it would have made me happy. But, after seeking The Lord on whether I should,d continue, a after joining this group, the Lord took the desire away. I wasn’t even asking Him to, just asking for Him to show me whether it was ok or not. I guess that was my answer . . .

    On Wednesday, 13 April 2016, Healing from Crossdressing wrote:

    > thorin25 posted: “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 ti” >

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