“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
I’m sitting here (minding my own business I might add) with a hunk of chocolate sitting on the table beside me.
I try to ignore it but I can’t – it’s in my peripheral vision…… taunting me.
I shake my head and reason with myself.
“Self” I say out loud “You know you shouldn’t eat that. Haven’t you been saying you need to loose weight?”
“Yes” I reply as I quickly glance around to make sure no one is listening to my private conversation.
“Well then if you know it’s not good for you, why are you even considering it?”
“Your right!” I shout as my husband shoots me a very concerned glance.
I get up and put that chocolate back where it belongs (but not in the trash because I may need it later).
I lift my head and walk away with pride in my heart. Proud because I made the right decision and didn’t give in to that alluring smell of chocolate.
We need to remember that temptation is the ACT of alluring or enticement. Temptation is NOT affirmation, it does not have to be. You have a choice and yes we are all free to make whatever choice we wish to make.
Our heart knows which choice is right and true but yet we still have to stop and weigh the pros and cons just to make a decision.
Sometimes we may think “I’ll do it now and tomorrow I will be better.” or “If I do this now I can ask for forgiveness later.”
Don’t be fooled, God knows when there is deception in our heart.
What is bad for us may feel good, but that feeling is only temporary. Eventually we will have to face the reality of our decision.
For instance, if I never had that conversation with myself about the chocolate I would probably eat it night after night without a second thought. Eventually the pounds will add on and on until one day I look in the mirror and say “What happened?”
If we make excuses to ourselves and continually give in to temptation, eventually we won’t give it a second thought. We will no longer have a conscious nor are we being convicted to change. Then one day we wake up and wonder “What ever happened to me? How did I get here?”
God will not allow us to be tempted by something we can not bare. God will always provide us an out, even if that out is the Holy Spirit convicting us to make the right decision.
Just as I put that chocolate away but didn’t dispose of it, temptation will never go away. There will always be a temptation for us. When we beat one temptation another will appear.
Be strong in the Lord and hold fast to his promises. If you find yourself weak, take it to the Lord and ask for the strength to resist this temptation. God is faithful, he will always provide a way out.