Seriously. We INTJs prefer to keep our personal lives… well, private. This includes but is not limited to preferences, dislikes, thoughts, opinions, emotions, personal history, trials, and temptations, just to name a few. Don’t be offended by our secrecy. You won’t truly understand it anyway.
Temptation is a thing that happens to everyone. My experience dealing with temptation is filled with variety. Things that vary are:
- What I am being tempted with.
- Intensity of the temptation.
- What is at stake.
- How I end up responding to it.
The reality of temptation is that it is plentiful, but not necessarily creative. Let’s be real: Satan ain’t really creative.
To me, temptation is something that starts in the mind and ends in the mind. Whether I succumb to it or not, I seem to interpret temptation as more of a mental battle than a physical or social one. To me it makes more sense because I live the bulk of my life inside my head.
Usually I follow these steps when dealing with temptation:
- I get the temptation (duh!).
- Recognize that a temptation is happening.
- 2 routes of action:
- Stay still until it goes away.
- Screw it and give in.
- End of temptation.
There is this implicit cultural thing in my church where I have been led to think that I should take authority to cast out the source of the temptation. I never do it because I don’t think that I have the authority to do it. It is also socially draining to do that every time temptation happens.
So I wait it out. Alone. By myself. Only God is around. Not always successful though.
No one knows how many battles I have had with temptation. No one knows the price that I have paid to remain a Christian. I don’t know if my way of dealing with temptation is generalizable to anyone else. All I know is that this is my experience.