Resisting Temptation

Saturday evening, right before Bible study began, a gentleman joked and asked what I would be teaching on (because I’m not the teacher). I joked back with Reese’s Easter eggs, peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies sitting in front of us, that I would be teaching on resisting temptation.

It was a joke, but I seriously needed help in that moment resisting all those sweet treats.

I gave in to indulging in a Reese’s Easter egg. Not too bad…just one sweet for now.

And then my hand seemed to continue to shoot forward reaching toward the sweets in front of me. A handful of cookies and another Reese’s Easter egg later, there I was still trying to keep from indulging in more.

Even though I try to eat healthy most of the time, when sweet treats come into view, it is extremely hard to say “no”.

Yesterday afternoon, I had a craving for graham crackers. So I drove to the Dollar Tree, in hopes of indulging in graham crackers moments later, but to no avail, there were no graham crackers there. My eyes shot back and forth across the shelves looking for a yummy alternative. Vanilla Wafers.

As soon as I got into the car, I was immediately opening the box up. A few hours later, the entire box was gone. Gone. I have never done that before.

At first, I was thinking I would only indulge in a handful or two. Now, I sat there looking at the empty box before me. I could hardly believe I had eaten the entire box, especially indulging in those sweets the night before.

Sweets is one of my downfalls. It’s hard to say no to anything with sugar in it.

I did a terrible job resisting the sugary snacks.

While sugary snacks may be my downfall some days, we all have things that we struggle with saying “no” to.

Maybe we struggle with being honest, impure thoughts, procrastination..the list could go on and on.

Matthew 26:41

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Ephesians 6:11

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

James 4:7

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

If we seek God’s face by reading His Word and asking for His help as we battle temptation, He will help us.

He will help us no matter the struggle.

He wants us to ask Him for His help.

We can’t do anything in our own strength.

Thankfully, we have a God that can do anything.

Luke 1:37

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

So, next time a plate of cookies comes our way, or a chance to lie or procrastinate or whatever else our struggle is, may we call out to God for strength to resist the temptation.

He will help us. All we have to do is ask.

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