Triggers Toward God

A trigger starts the firing sequence of a well established pattern of thought and/or behavior.  The question I pose here is, “what are your triggers toward God?”

When asked about triggers toward sin: triggers toward pornography or other forms of sexual sin, triggers toward the abuse of alcohol, or triggers toward numerous other forms of wrong behavior most of us can provide a very long list.

But when asked to identify our triggers toward God the list becomes much shorter.

A trigger toward God does not include spiritual disciplines.  These triggers are visual, thought, or emotional triggers that start an established pattern of thought and behavior toward God. It could the the trigger that causes us to enact on a spiritual discipline but it is not the discipline itself.

Generally the death of a loved one triggers us toward God.  Also for some, certain life situations will cause us to pray or attend a church service, but when the situation is resolved, we stop attending church.  So that certain situation or similar situations could be a trigger toward God.

I encourage you to write two lists:

  • 1st write a list of your triggers toward sin—in this list include the behavior that typically follows the trigger.
  • 2nd write a list of your triggers toward God—in this list include the behavior that typically follows the trigger.

After you write your list I then encourage you to begin a transition of allowing your triggers toward sin to become triggers toward God.  Could it be that the many triggers we have in life could actually be designed to encourage a relationship with God but instead we have thwarted the God given design of triggers?

Triggers Toward Sin

Triggers actuates the firing sequence of a gun.  Some triggers are difficult to pull and others are equipped with two triggers.  The first trigger does not actually fire the bullet, once set it makes the primary trigger extremely sensitive and with the slightest pressure will fire the bullet.

Have you ever thought about and identified your triggers?

  • What things when caught by your eyes trigger a lustful thought?
  • What life situations trigger your desire to view porn?
  • Which life opportunities trigger you to cheat on your wife?

Triggers can be nearly anything:

  • Being home alone for an extended time.
  • A woman dressed in a provocative manner.
  • An intense desire to have sex.
  • The due date for a bill to be paid.
  • Fatigue from being overworked.

The goal is to identify your triggers and prepare for them when they occur.  We can’t stop all triggers, where we can avoid them we must do so.  But when we cannot avoid them, we must train ourselves to change the path of the bullet or thought or action.

An animal will develop triggers and learn to respond to the trigger in the same manner time and time again, but we are created in the image of God and can change our reactions to certain triggers. For example the trigger of having an intense desire to have sex that usually is fulfilled with a fantasy, pornography, or any other way could be changed to learning to woo your wife.  To once again romance her to the point that the God given desire for sex is met in a God designed manner.

If you desire to change your behavior, identify your triggers and prepare for them.