Conquered to Conquering


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308 thoughts on “Conquered to Conquering

  1. Mike says:

    I do not think that i can put my finger on a specific time that i may feel vulnerable. It could be anytime of the day when something sparks my interest that may not be inline with God’s will.

  2. Mike says:

    When I’m alone…usually in a hotel room.
    I haven’t viewed porn in about a year, but the struggle is still real.

  3. B says:

    I feel most vulnerable to lustful thoughts and actions right when I wake up and right before I go to sleep. Those times ware when ere I am least distracted by the purpose and action of the day, and perhaps looking to get some excitement out of my day.

  4. Tom Fredericks Sr. says:

    When life repeatedly takes my wife and I in separate directions for extended periods of time. Frustration begins, and temptation manifests when I FEEL ALONE.

      • Chris says:

        I feel most vulnerable when I wake the morning or late at night. Both when I’m by myself. Also when I’m depressed

  5. Joe C says:

    I am vulnerable to lust anytime of the day. Most times when I’m not physically engaged in some activity or when I’m alone and bored. Spending too much screen time on my phone is also problematic. Thanks Vince for the challenge I definitely need to change!

  6. Marty says:

    Anytime of day. I work in a drive thru and the angle at which I see customers can be very revealing.
    Ugh….look in the eyes. See them how the Lord does.

  7. Domenick says:

    Definitely in those moments of boredom and no activity. I pray that God give us the strength to recognize the temptation and to turn to Him for strength. God Bless

  8. Chris Caliguire says:

    On my couch late at night watching you tube on my TV. Sometimes after watching 2 hours of biblical stuff! How does that happen?! I need to turn it off and get to bed. HALT. So the artificial intelligence chooses mostly biblical stuff because that’s what I watch. And then Satan must throw in a lingerie temptation because I don’t search for it, yet I click on it and fight through the spirit that’s telling me no. I must instead yield. It’s making me depresses in bed going on almost energy night for the past few weeks. Last weekend at the cabin I fasted from TV and didn’t even think about lust

  9. Daniel says:

    Time of day not a factor but usually when everything is running smooth and I’m getting things done. So kind of when I’m not stressed which goes against the norm for most men.

  10. Chris says:

    All times of the day have the potential for me. When I get super stressed send to be a trigger for me. I want to escape.

  11. Mike says:

    Time of day isn’t a factor but lately it’s been in the morning. I work from home and alone when my wife and kids head out. Thanks for offering this challenge, I hope to overcome my battle with lust….

  12. Jeff says:

    For sure vulnerable when alone or at night on my phone. But, I can definitely be vulnerable and have lustful thoughts when out and about and see beauty. It’s such a struggle!! Being plugged into a church and weekly men’s groups is definitely helpful.

  13. Matt says:

    I feel most vulnerable when I’m by myself. Especially now with work at home I find myself isolated most of the day. This just opens up the opportunity for lust to rear it’s ugly head and attempt to consume me. Lord, I pray that in my times alone you remind me that I am never truly alone, that you are there with me in the moment. You are my sword and shield, my defense against the temptations of the flesh. Purify my thoughts and my heart. Let me put my trust in your name against all of the temptations of this world. Amen.

  14. Steve says:

    I am most vulnerable when I am bored and alone. Time of day doesn’t matter. In these times I tend to eat or drink too much, moderation is forgotten.

  15. B says:

    I’ve been vulnerable, and confused for going on two years. I have been rejected by my wife; told that if it were not for the children, she would have left me. Prior to that she told me that she didn’t love me, and was not attracted to me. Yet, we had a child in 2021. (I was believing things were better than what they are…but they are not. ) Vulnerability is minute by minute, for me

  16. Donnie Rigazio says:

    That was interesting. I’m most vulnerable at work. I’m a maintenance supervisor at a high end hotel and face beautiful women and beautiful employees everyday. I can’t lie . I’m a butt man. I’m learning to look at people in the eyes. So so hard even after praying. I , will conquer this sin . I am convinced … I realize it’s more work than ever but I want my father to be proud . I’ll continue to repent seek Gods forgiveness when I catch myself looking. Have the same fascination with aircraft. I could look at pics and videos or even go out to the airport and watch them with my own two eyes…I suppose we can lust to just about anything. Sexual lust is by far way harder to get in check. Had to get that ought there. Iam going to ask my mentors to not only pray for me but check on me daily to hold me accountable.

  17. paul-9611 says:

    I am most vulnerable in times of boredom or stress. In these times I tend to eat or drink too much, moderation is forgotten.

  18. Robert says:

    I feel most vulnerable early in the morning on my off-days, when I don’t have any pressing commitments. Another time is late at night when I’m winding down, people aren’t around and I think no one’s watching.

  19. JL says:

    Bored, tired, mentally drained or frustrated and looking for a distraction instead of facing things head on

  20. Gregg says:

    When I am not busy and check weather or etc on the phone. Then pop up ad pics show up and I start thinking of my wife and me in our younger days.

  21. Troy Theye says:

    No specific time, it can be random at anytime,
    but I have learned that “Idle Hands are the Devil’s workshop!”
    so redirect the focus. Pick up the Bible or find other ways to be constructive.

    • Tyson S says:

      I’m working from home not staying focused so I get bored. The saying that all who wonder are lost but I think those who wonder end up in places they don’t want to be

  22. Balt Andrade says:

    Mostly when upset with my wife. I go into my own space to keep quiet. My mind starts wondering. When I am ready tired.

  23. Mike Brister says:

    Definitely late at night when I am alone or I am traveling in a motel is when I struggle with TV and then lust are college football games.

  24. Corey says:

    It’s the time during passivity. The time between knowing I need to take the thought captive yet I don’t. So I would say this mostly happens when I am tired and worn out, I still will find I get passive from time to time.

    My pastor made a statement a couple sundays ago that is so fitting: “A crack in our armour”! The enemy is just waiting for that crack. He is studying us and waiting!

  25. David says:

    Its not necessarily a time of day, its more when I’m stressed out and exhausted. That could be morning, afternoon or evening.

  26. Jake Steel says:

    When I’m alone – bored or stressed – looking for a distraction. A lazy flick through my social media feed typically triggers it. Ads geared toward selling the “sexiness” of anything from soap to sunglasses catch the eye and turns that innocent desire to know what’s happening in the world into a laser focus on what I “just saw.”

  27. Mike Gole says:

    The lust issue is present daily. It’s what we do with those thoughts that get us into trouble sometimes. If you lean into our Father, “bounce” your eyes to something else and focus on His will (or another activity that is positive), then you can defeat the demon!

    • Seth says:

      I feel the most vulnerable to lust and sexual sin when I am alone or feel alone, which is pretty much any time

      • Jason says:

        I hear you on this one. I live alone and work from home so I literally am alone for the majority of the day. I find that just doing things I enjoy to keep my mind occupied during the day really helps. That’s why my biggest struggles are when I’m waking up and falling asleep since there’s not much to do at that time haha.

        • Seth says:

          I didn’t realize I had only replied to you, here I thought I texted the whole thread, haha. No problem, though. I hear you, and I agree about keeping mentally engaged with enjoyable activities. Being with people we enjoy and who uplift us can also be a major help.

  28. Brad says:

    It can occur anytime during the day or evening. It’s a constant battle. What helps me to get in track is to sing the 1st stanza of the song – Doxology.

  29. Stephen says:

    I feel most vulnerable when I’m not spending time with God – reading His word or listening to worship music. When I let the cares of this world overwhelm me.
    Like one of the guys commented below, seems to random moments through the day. Especially when I’m alone and haven’t appreciated my wife like I should.

  30. Brian Susich says:

    If I’m understanding DAY 1’s DEVO correctly, I find myself most vulnerable in the early morning and late at night while I’m alone at my computer. So I am almost always isolated, bored, and having access to an endless portal. Proverbs 16: 27 – Idle hands are the devil’s workshop

  31. Jon says:

    I feel most vulnerable when I’m not armored up, focused on Him and his sufficiency, goodness, mercy and grace; not walking surrendered to the Holy Spirit. This can be especially true in the early mornings and late evenings.

  32. M says:

    When I’m mentally tired and not focused on serving or appreciating my wife. This can be at random times of the day. Scrolling through news feeds does not help!

  33. Andrew says:

    After work, 4PMish when I’m tired and alone, especially if I feel a lack of intimacy with my wife.

  34. Chad Heggestad says:

    Most vulnerable during times that I am tired/worn out. Also, during times that I may not be thinking clearly (i.e. after a few too many beers/drinks).

  35. Pete Gelpi says:

    Thanks Phil for your daily devos. And this challenge is just what I need.

    I feel most vulnerable at night when I’m alone.

  36. Ramon Guzman says:

    I struggle every moment of the day with lust. I try to not look when distracted but this is my weakness that has gotten me into trouble in my mind and I admit that I’ve acted out. I am addicted to looking too much and it happens driving, walking, watching TV all day everyday. I’ve tried to not look and to avoid letting my imagination take over. Lord I pray I keep my sight on you and lust only for the wife you’ve blessed me with. I pray for Conquering strength O’Lord. Thank you for your Grace and Mercy

  37. William (Billy) Clark says:

    I feel most vulnerable when I do not keep busy. Mostly in the evening before bed. I try to pray, read scripture and focus on the Lord.

  38. Bill Bustin says:

    My most vulnerable time of the day is when I have down time. Just cruising the web or social media. Praying that I would keep my eyes fixed on you Lord and not allow myself to be board or when I do have down time to pray or be with others. Journaling really helps for sure.

  39. William L Moore says:

    Morning, when alone and not busy. Looking at the daily headlines with so and so celebrities in bikinis

    • Curtis says:

      I think unscheduled time & NOT capturing every thought and filtering it and instead lingering on it will bring defeat every time. You can’t just run from something and hope it doesn’t catch you. Stay busy and work towards something and keep focused on what’s in front of you.

  40. Samuel Harrison says:

    Because I did not really know and after doing this challenge prior I made a concerted effort to focus on the time of day my lust is most challenging and i am most vulnerable and although it is allot of the day it is the strongest in the mid afternoon.

    • Travis Cooper says:

      Usually deal strongest with lust when I’m stressed. Almost like some people with eating habits.

  41. Nick Krist says:

    When alone, away from my family, times away from my wife. I keep as busy as possible with kingdom building activities but there always seems to be down / alone time throughout the week and these are times of weekends for me.

  42. Nosh says:

    When I wake up after having a lustful dream.
    In the afternoons when my wife is at work and I’m on a study break.

  43. Jon Wilson says:

    My most vulnerable time is early in the morning or late at night. My sleep has been under attack from the enemy by insomnia, sleep apnea, and my own idle time. I often become fearful to enter into my nightly test for sleep. My thoughts wander often away from those of God during this time.

    • Travis Cooper says:

      True brother. What we tend to forget is my a woman’s needs and our needs are different. A woman requires 13 intimate touches a day to stay emotionally be satisfied. Not just touching her back as she walks by, or hiding hands. It also includes encouraging words. For us guys, intimacy can always happen. For women, romance starts first thing in the morning and lasts all day until they’re “in the mood”.

  44. Jeremy Beyersdorf says:

    I struggle most in the mornings when I get back from the gym and my wife goes to the gym. Or especially when I am alone for a night by myself

  45. Chris says:

    In the late afternoon, as work is winding down, and I begin thinking of my evening at home with my wife. I’m tempted to stop by the liquor store for a couple of miniatures before I get home. The buzz feels good, doesn’t harm anyone, so I give in. Yet it does harm someone – me by drawing me away from God, and it grieves the Holy Spirit that I do this to His temple. I know all these things, yet I continue many more days that I would prefer to remember. Pray for me that today I’ll overcome this desire and keep my mind and body pure. Just today, one day at a time.

    • SG says:

      prayed for you today bro, I connected with what you said:
      “I know all these things, yet I continue many more days that I would prefer to remember. Pray for me that today I’ll overcome this desire and keep my mind and body pure.”
      -This is my sin cycle too. I know what’s right, but I give in to my selfish desires so I can feel good for a moment. Our God is greater Chris! I’ve prayed that God will protect your mind. Be victorious today!

  46. Tom says:

    Retired early at 58 years old and the busyness is gone. Volunteering yet not enough. Anytime when home alone. All men need real work to keep the mind moving.

  47. Noah says:

    Mostly in the late afternoon or at night, usually when I’m feeling overworked, frustrated, and confused all at once. Loneliness is also a factor.

  48. Tony Fisher says:

    The early morning when i am having prayer time or when im working from home and the house is empty is when i feel most vulnerable.

  49. Justin says:

    When alone at night when waiting on my wife to come to bed and first thing in the morning when I am the only one up

    • Eddie Ackerman says:

      in the verses leading up to these, it also tells us that King David was SUPPOSED to be at war, but he was home instead. whenever we are not where we are supposed to be, ESPECIALLY online, it is WAY too easy to fall into temptation and act on it.

  50. Sam says:

    I think it is mostly when I feel anger about my current relationship, but I am vulnerable a considerable amount of time.

  51. Mike says:

    When I’m not busy and idle time finds me in front of a screen with all the distractions attempting to call at me for my desires.

  52. Jeff says:

    In the evenings if I am watching TV. Allowing things that I should not be seeing enter my mind and causing me to lust.

  53. Chuck Morelli says:

    No specific time of day but when I am not busy is when I am most vulnerable by Satan. The other is at work. I run a business and I interact with women associates throughout the day and if they give me “attention” I fail to realize it is the position not the person. I never realized this sin until I took a Spiritual Warfare class at church and now I can talk myself through when I begin wandering with lustful thoughts.

  54. Steve says:

    Whenever another woman gives me a compliment(s) I begin think lustful thoughts.

    I pray God gives me strength and the discipline to not fall into the temptation with my lustful thoughts.

  55. Benjamin says:

    Any time I find myself bored, or by myself. Thoughts can slip in whenever I see a beautiful woman and the desire for something different creeps in.

  56. Jason Marshall says:

    I am most vulnerable when I wake up in the morning or when I am at work with little work to accomplish.

    I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide me in these times and that I will listen to the prompting when I am about to enter in my lustful state.

    • Bill says:

      Any time of the day when I put my focus on what I should not, instead of focusing on God, whom I should be focusing on

  57. Allan says:

    For me, it was when I was feeling lonely or abandoned. When my wife left for work, mostly. It became a habit at that time.

  58. Chris Caliguire says:

    Out of nowhere I’ll run to computer and am just pissed that I don’t take God’s “way out” that he offers. Afterward, I think of the 2 minutes it took to turn on computer, follow through, and pissed I blocked out God for those minutes

  59. Marius Potgieter says:

    When alone anytime of day or late night. After feeding the flesh only-alcohol or food alike and no spiritual “food” taken DAILY.

  60. Bryan says:

    Usually when I am alone during the day is when the enemy attacks. Unfortunately resistance has not been strong.

  61. Ron says:

    Anytime when an attractive woman with a nice shaped booty goes by I seem compelled to get an extra look.

  62. Mark says:

    I’m most vulnerable when I focus on mental visions, mostly when I’m alone, tired or upset or frustrated.

  63. Jose Barrientos says:

    Yes often its when im phyiscally still in the day. But most often it is when my wife and I are in quarrell. Thats exactly when satan strikes with temptation. The weird thing is that at this point in my journey I know this and sometimes still slip.

  64. Glenn says:

    When I feel lonely and bored, I let my mind wander. There is no particular time of the day as I am retired…it can happen any time. As your podcast says…stay busy.

  65. Brian says:

    When I am alone. When I feel disconnected from others. Night is bad when I want to sleep and my mind fills with thought of being unlovable and unworthy.

  66. Larry says:

    My most vulnerable time is late evening to bedtime. However I tend to have lustful moments throughout the day when temptations come such as seeing pretty women on TV or when I am out shopping.

  67. Gino Landry says:

    Mostly at night when I’ve stayed up to late. Or if I relapse into drinking. Stress and fatigue.

  68. Alex Barth says:

    I feel most vulnerable when I’m bored and have nothing productive/constructive occupying my mind or guiding my actions.

    “Idle hands are the devil’s playthings.” -Benjamin Franklin

  69. Justin says:

    I find myself most vulnerable when I am alone during downtime. I also find myself vulnerable during stressful or frustrating times alone. Common denominator “alone”.

  70. Ron says:

    I am vulnerable whenever I see a beautiful female and it does not matter what time of day. So basically all the time and anywhere. It’s a terrible disease.

  71. Hugh says:

    I’m most tempted when I’m alone, have opportunity to lust and/or when I’m bored. Time of day seems to fluctuate.

  72. Tyler says:

    I am most vulnerable when I wake up in the morning or right before bed at night, and when bored wasting time on my phone.

  73. Chad Husted says:

    bored or stressed are times i’m most vulnerable to wandering thoughts. Happens at random times. I’m getting better at being aware of what is happening so I can redirect my attention. It’s not easy and it seems the battle for my thoughts is relentless.

  74. Jeffryg says:

    For me as others have shared it’s mornings or evenings and anytime i don’t have some activity keeping me busy/distracted. I also find when I’m upset with someone, I seem to us it as a power or control over the situation.

  75. Kenneth says:

    It used to be the internet after everyone went to sleep, so i stopped using my laptop after 10pm. Now it is first thing in the morning when i am just waking up and my thoughts are still trying to form. It is too easy for them to wander.

  76. Garrett says:

    I am most vulnerable during times that I am stressed out and times that I am bored. I have been able to refrain from the internet lust the closer and more focus I put into Christ and his word. But, I still struggle outside of the house when everywhere you look there is a sexual billboard or poster or some sexual marketing campaign. Then there is also the people that dress in ways your eyes can not help but wonder and it creates this aggressive cycle of lustful thoughts. And even though you know it’s wrong your mind still pulls you in.

  77. DALE W EWING says:

    I failed to care for my emotional self over the years. I compartmentalized and pushed back into a hole. I accepted hearing I had cancer better than I was depressed. When alone challenges me. I am in counseling but have scared my family. Making progress on a very rough road that is long.

  78. Jason says:

    The moments I feel most vulnerable are when I feel disrespected, discounted, unheard, misunderstood, inadequacy and shut myself off.

  79. Matt Brown says:

    My most vulnerable times are when I’m just browsing around on the internet. That’s when I struggle with the temptation to visit certain sites, even though I know I shouldn’t.

  80. bill mckay says:

    It seems that I am weakest when I am overtired, that seems to be the times that I fall into sin.
    Then the merry go round of guilt starts. Thankyou for your help

  81. Jeff Kuhn says:

    There really isn’t any particular time of day for me. What draws me the most is this stupid smart phone. I go to Google news and am drawn to news articles that tickle my fancy. Women, sexual stuff that I shouldn’t read or look at.

  82. Matthew Rasmussen says:

    It is so true, and mine is in the evening after a long day at work. I live in an apartment with sexually active and loud neighbors…it’s truly a battle everyday.

  83. Gary Lewis says:

    Like most people, it’s usually when I’m laying in bed to either fall asleep or wake up. I also struggle a lot if I’m bored. Modern technology has made it extremely convenient to look at inappropriate things. So I need something to keep my thoroughly occupied so that I don’t have time. I’ve also noticed that the longer me and my wife go without having a moment of intimacy, the harder it is for me to resist lusting and looking at pornographic images.

  84. Chris Caliguire says:

    Yes! I’ve noticed (after I’ve sinned) I was either hungry, angry, lonely, tired. HALT. I need to recognize that BEFORE I sin. Vince hit it right on the head about inactivity. When I’m not busy with my day I have extended time on the computer. Even if I’m doing work stuff, I’ll get to wandering after a few hours. Late morning. I feel crushed of how that could happen after I’d prayed, read devo quietly, etc., just a few hours prior. Also on the couch late at night. Someone catches my eye and I’ll hit pause. So frustrating! Conversely, if I’m at Church or related event, I’m totally fine. So dumb. I’ll go through the whole day hating myself and thinking I’m unsaved….

  85. Dave B says:

    Vince, you mentioned about David “not being in align with God’s moral will”. I think that too is an indicator for me that I’m walking in my flesh in those moments and it’s a sign to turn back immediately!

  86. Tom J says:

    The battle surely IS in the boredom… in the times alone… especially in the evening when I’m tired

  87. Mark says:

    I struggle most early in the mornings when I’m up alone, or in those times when I am home alone while wife travels, or while I”m traveling. I’ve struggled with an addiction to porn and chat rooms and am working hard to fill my mornings with prayer and focus on spiritual growth. Thanks for being part of my morning daily routine!

    • Vince Miller says:

      Good confession too Mark.

      Do me a favor, delete your access to those chat rooms. I am praying God will help you forget how you got to them! 👊🏼👊🏼

      • Mark says:

        Hey Vince,
        Thanks and yes, I’ve completely removed any access to websites, chat rooms, or other opportunities for temptation!

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