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5 Ways to Beat Back-to-School Temptations

By: Kristen Clark

The summer is almost over which means the beginning of the new school year is lurking right around the corner. You can tell it’s the end of summer because every store is advertising their back-to-school gear and accessories.

For some of you this is an exciting time of new beginnings and a fresh start. For others, it’s a dreaded time of tests, peer pressure, and waking up at the crack of dawn.

Whatever your school year may look like, there’s one thing it has in common with everyone else’s – a little thing called sneaky temptations.

The buzz of a new school year is always accompanied by a buzz of new temptations and struggles.

Whether you will attend a public school, private school, or will be home educated this fall, there’s temptation out there for you.

For some of you it’s the struggle of wanting to fit in with the cool group. You’re already feeling the pressure to look your best and be decked out in the latest fashion. For others it’s the unknown of having to meet new people and start a new grade. And for others, it might be the trial of waking up each morning and staying motivated while doing your school at home.

No matter what your fear or trial may be this fall, one thing is for sure, you will be tested.

Temptations come in all shapes and sizes. This fall, you may likely be tempted to…

  • Give into the pressure to wear “less clothes,” or to look “hot and sexy.”
  • Act a certain way to get guys to notice you.
  • Join a certain school group just so people will think you’re cool.
  • Hide the fact that you’re a Christian so you can fit in more.
  • Give into peer pressure from Christian or non-Christian friends to do something immoral.
  • Weaken your standards and go to a bad party just to look cool.
  • Cheat on a test because everyone else is.
  • Complain every morning when your alarm clock goes off.
  • Procrastinate on your work instead of being an example of diligence and hard work.

The list of possible temptations goes on and on (and on).

Our greatest enemy is Satan, and he doesn’t want any of us to be successful in glorifying God this fall. He wants to trap us in our insecurities and struggles. He wants to destroy our testimony for Christ.

Here are a few practical ways you can fight the enemy this school year:

1. Stay plugged into God’s word on a daily basis.

The Bible is a must because it gives us the spiritual food we need. Without it, we starve. We are left weak and vulnerable because we’re not staying “charged up” on our power source.

2. Pray every morning.

Pray and ask God to give you strength to overcome any temptations you may face that day. Prayer works! Asking God for strength, wisdom, and discernment will make a huge difference in your life.

3. Find some accountability.

Ask your parents, a mature Christian friend, or a wise woman at church to hold you accountable for your areas of temptation and struggle. Ask her to pray for you every day.

4. Avoid certain friend groups.

You’ll need to make a conscience choice to avoid hanging around certain people and groups this fall. Just because someone says they’re a Christian doesn’t mean they’re a “practicing” Christian. Bad influences and negative peer pressure are usually the number one thing that will drag you down.

5. Memorize helpful verses. 

Helpful Scripture verses are key to your success. Every temptation or struggle begins as a thought. You need to arm yourself with weapons of truth to combat the lies when they pop into your head. Attack the temptation before it has time grow.

Remember, “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). There is nothing too big in your life that Christ cannot help you overcome; but you must do your part.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10).

Start your school year off right this time by preparing for the battles ahead.

Make it a habit now (before you get super busy) to work on the five practical steps from above. As author Timothy Lane says so well,

“Knowing Jesus better will lead you to live a vigilant, hopeful life as you face temptations every day. Genuine fighting of temptations happens as you take your eyes off yourself and readjust your gaze on Jesus and what he has done and is doing on your behalf.”

God is on your side.

He can and will help be a strong witness for Him this fall if you seek His strength.

  • What kind of temptations do you think you’ll face this fall?
  • What is the hardest thing you will face this fall?
  • How can we, and other Christian girls on this blog, pray for you this fall?

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24 Responses to 5 Ways to Beat Back-to-School Temptations

  1. Celtic Princess says:

    My personal biggest ‘School-Year’ struggle is neglecting my quiet time because of a paper or test I need to study for, and wasting that time on social media instead… This was a very helpful article!

  2. Elisabeth says:

    My Personal Struggle is wanting to stay up to late and still try to get up early, and start my homeschool and then want almost fall back asleep after class one or want to drag my feet.But this year I really do wish you would pray for me that I’d get to bed at a decent time wake up with plenty of sleep and stay up and stay motivated to do my work until it’s done.Thanks!!It’s my Last year and I really want to make it the best!!

    • Dolly says:

      Sound like you and I are in the same boat. I love getting up really early, but I cannot seem to go to bed at 9pm. It’s tricky, tricky, tricky. Tell you what Elisabeth (that’s my middle name, BTW!), l’ll pray for you if you pray for me.

      I’ll homeschooling, don’t you? How long have you been home- schooled? I’ve been h.s.’d from kindergarten and I’m starting 9th grade today!

      • Elisabeth says:

        Alright, I still have a few more weeks of summer, we finished late.This is my last year and I want to a Christen school one year, but I ended up relating a grade and then moving back to homeschool, so after this year 12 years!!Good luck, I hope you enjoy your year!!Are you planning or Colledge or a job or what when your done?Personally, I’d like to eat her get a job or just hang around the house, and help learn things and spend some time learning how to become the best future wife for someday that I can.

        • Tiffany says:

          Hey can I join this too? I have the same problem, I am a night owl, but I try to wake up early and it usually doesn’t work. I’ve been homeschooled my entire life and I’m also starting ninth grade today! 😀 I’d really appreciate y’all praying for me and I will also pray for you girls!

          • Elisabeth says:

            Sure, We’d love it if you did!!

          • Hailey says:

            Haha could I join this as well? I’m a junior and homeschooled, and it’s sooo hard to get out of bed and diligently get to work in the morning!!

          • Elisabeth says:

            Of Course You can!!I have the same prob, if I don’t get up almost as soon asI wake up I want to stay there a few more hours which can lead to all day unnesary laziness in the summer especially

          • Hailey says:

            Ikr? It’s hard when you don’t HAVE to be somewhere in the morning! Thanks, and I’ll be praying for y’all! 🙂

          • Elisabeth says:

            Yw, and me too!!I’ll let you in on a little secret though, it what we do with our time that counts, and when we rember that God thinks of wasting time as sine, it makes it slot easer not to waste or be obsessive of something!!

    • Lizzy says:

      I’m the same as you! I love staying up late because it’s the only time when I have peace and quiet but then I want to get up early but usually end up sleeping till ten.
      (Elisabeth is my middle name too!)

  3. Elisabeth says:

    Yeah know, some time you girls aught to do a post about what you enjoying watching, listening too and reading.

  4. Briana Soto says:

    Today is my first day of school and I am not necessarily nervous or scaared but I am worried about me falling into the wrong crowd. I did this last year and was accused of making fun of a teenage mother who’s baby passed away a couple of months after it was born. So I have decided not to even associate with those people this year. I’m not to sure how this is going to pan out because some of the people I have known since the 4th grade and we are in the 11th grade but only God knows how well I am gonna do.

    • GirlDefined says:

      That sounds wise Briana! Making the choice to avoid certain friend groups can be really tough, but in the end it will spare you a lot of peer pressure and temptation. Way to stand strong. Keep seeking God for strength!! You can’t do it without His help. 🙂

  5. Abbi W. says:

    I started eighth grade last Wednesday and my middle school has a really strong dress code (no shoulder showing, shorts must cover to mid thigh, no spandex pants, etc) but I found girls manipulating from the start. It made me realize how many girls are pulled into the pressures of middle school and feel the need to dress in a provocative way. Dating is extremely popular and a normal thing to do as well. I made it a commitment not to date this year (because its not like I want to get marries any time soon) and I hope that other girls can make that choice as well. thank you Bethany and Kristen for such a lovely blog!

    • Jesusfreak17 says:

      That’s super awesome Abbi! I pray you are able to keep those commitments despite the peer pressure around you. 🙂

    • GirlDefined says:

      The pressure to conform to those around you can feel overwhelming at times. Way to stand strong for what you know is right Abbi! Keep being a light at your school and God will honor you! 🙂

  6. Hailey says:

    I would love a post with practical ideas of ways to worship God even when your days are busy. As the school year ramps up I have trouble setting aside time to read my Bible and pray–especially pray. My dad prays while he runs each morning before work–maybe some tips like that of how to squeeze in mini-devotions throughout the day.

  7. Sophie says:

    I am now in the eighth grade. Luckily, I have to wear uniforms for school, my school has strict regulations on our appearances and I study in a girls school so there seems to be less temptations on those aspects. In the place I live, academic results are very important and competition for being the top in the form is fierce, so I had sadly given in to temptations of cheating a few times and chose to study instead of reading the Scripture in exam periods.This post is a wonderful reminder to me. I will write memos of useful verses as reminders and stick them to my notebook and find more time to pray and read the Scripture.

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