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ILLUSTRATION… Discipleship Journal, 11-12/92

A recent survey of Discipleship Journal readers ranked areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them:

1. Materialism

2. Pride

3. Self-centeredness

4. Laziness

5. (Tie) Anger/Bitterness

5. (Tie) Sexual lust

6. Envy

7. Gluttony

8. Lying

Survey respondents noted temptations were more potent when…

they had neglected their time with God (81 percent)

and when they were physically tired (57 percent).

Resisting temptation was accomplished by prayer (84 percent), avoiding compromising

situations (76 percent), Bible study (66 percent), and being accountable to someone (52 percent).

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