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HOW TO WIN THE TEMPTATION BATTLE: RECOGNIZE YOUR TRIGGERS

April 25, 2009

A trigger is something that gets your attention, pushes a button, and causes you to want to sinfully act out.  handgun

Temptation must have some sort of enticement.   When Adam and Eve started to look at the forbidden fruit as “good for food”…that was an enticement, a trigger.   You and I have certain things that set us off, and make us want to act out.  It could women dressed a certain way, certain TV shows, compliments by the opposite sex, or an open computer.  It could be time alone, loneliness or boredom.  What ever your triggers are, you need to identify them.

Start making your list of things that are triggers for you.  Here are some questions to get you thinking:

Q:  What things excite you and cause you to want to act out?
Q:  What things have enticed you right before you have acted out?
Q:  Any fetishes or objects that turn you on?
Q:  Certain images or porn that you have acted out regularly with? 
Q:  TV or Movies cause you more problems?
Q:  Types of clothing or ways people dress are triggery for you?
Q:  Types of conversations are triggery for you?

A HISTORY BEHIND YOUR TRIGGERS
Triggers are historical.  They are enticements that you have given into many times, and built a bad pattern around.    People successful in recovery are able to identify the things that push their buttons.

Triggers will happen regardless.  Some can be minimized by staying away from certain places or people. 
But you’re going to have to be serious about retraining your reaction to these triggers.  You have to start running away, clinging to Christ, praying, talking to yourself…something.  You have to build a habit of responding in a healthy way to triggers. 

 

Our emotional state could also be “triggery”.  The next blog will help you identify emotional triggers by with the acronym H.A.L.T.S. 

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