Face it: Our feelers are stuck, on a 9 most of the time. But we are being egged on. By whom?
Proverbs 5:3-4 For the lips of an adulteress [the serpent, the devil] drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil;  but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.
It really doesn’t matter what temptation you’re facing because the feeling is the same: 100%, in-your-face DESIRE!
How do we beat DESIRE?
- Know your limits. Know the difference between God’s will in all things and you wanting your own way. “I do what I want” only works for Christians if we want whatever the Spirit wants.
- Pray! Ask God to strengthen you when you are tempted. He will help! 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. We may not succeed this time, but we will be better armed next time!
- Keep backing up. Set those guard rails further from the edge. Ask the LORD to reveal to you what is triggering a 10 and build a hedge [fence] around it.
King David knew about guard rails and hedges. He knew not to go out on his balcony at night and look down! [1 Samuel 11:2]. He penned these words:
I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise. He used praise in his life to conquer his heart.
 I will be careful to lead a blameless life— when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart.He knew his boundaries and fortified his mind.
 I will set before my eyes no vile thing. He determined what his weaknesses were and then went about safeguarding himself from them.
The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. He wanted to be godly; he chose not to be influenced by them and instead chose to follow the Spirit.
4. Be content with what God has given you. Isn’t He enough? We need to answer a question: Who is more important here, Him or us? He is fitting us to do His will along with making us like Christ; EVERYTHING works to that end–even our struggles, limitations and failures. He really IS a BIG GOD!
Let’s praise Him often today using praise to keep temptation at bay.
 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
 Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;
 for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.
 Save me from bloodguilt [wrong-doing], O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.