Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Mark Atteberry's upcoming book, The Solomon Seduction (Thomas Nelson, 2014).

Solomon – one of Israel’s kings, whose life is depicted in the Bible’s Old Testament – is known as the wisest man who ever lived, apart from Jesus Christ. Yet despite his incredible God-given wisdom, Solomon still made many foolish decisions. Why? Each time, Solomon turned his attention away from God and toward the world’s temptations, such as privilege, power, riches, sex, and the accolades of others. As he did, he fell into sin that led him into destructive situations that ruined his life.

Solomon’s life shows that no one is wise enough to outsmart sin. No matter how smart you are or how much you love God, sin can seduce you if you don’t intentionally guard yourself against it and pursue more of God’s wisdom every day.

Here’s what you can learn from Solomon’s choices so you can avoid falling into destructive situations and instead gain wisdom that will usher God’s blessings into your life:

Admit just how dupable you really are. Does sin seem like a good idea to you? Ask God to show you just how easily you can be deceived about sin. Consider times when you’ve been enticed by temptations to sin, and how you may have rationalized giving in to those temptations.

Pray for discernment. The power to resist sin (and Satan’s deceptions about sin) begins with discernment. Pray for the Holy Spirit to renew your mind every day, empowering you to think about the situations you face from God’s perspective so you can make wise decisions about them. Study the Bible so its truths will sink deep into your soul; then you can bring relevant Bible verses to mind whenever you face a temptation to sin and need guidance.

Evaluate and adjust your life if God’s commands seem out of touch to you. Do God’s commands seem out of touch with your experiences in the real world? If so, remember that the evil side of the spiritual world always undermines what holy Scripture says. If Satan can get you to doubt the relevancy and value of God’s biblical commands, he can seduce you with sin. You can get back on track by evaluating and adjusting: your priorities (how you spend your time, money, and energy), your influences (the people around you whom you listen to), and your direction (the course your life is taking through the many small choices you make daily – either closer to God, or farther away from Him).

Choose God’s glory over your own glory. If you let your ego grow to an unhealthy level that doesn’t reflect reality – as Solomon did – your ego will cause dangerous problems, such as: disconnection from reality, insensitivity to the problems and needs of others, and a diminishing view of God. Have you been just going through the motions of worship lately, or truly connecting with God and giving Him praise? Refuse to be a slave to your ego by embracing humility, which includes submitting to God’s authority and power and yielding your will to God’s purposes for your life.

Don’t ignore God’s warnings about sin. Sin may seem harmless to you for a while, but sooner or later, sin will always destroy you if you don’t heed God’s warnings about it. God’s warnings are always clear and specific, and Solomon warned in the book of Proverbs that people can’t make excuses that God hasn’t warned them about the dangerous consequences of sin. So whenever you sense God warning you about sin, examine yourself honestly and choose to turn away from that sin.