Temptation

17 Mar

Are there things that tempt you?

Shopping? Spending? Snacks? Chocolate? Dessert?

Temptation can be defined as “the desire to do something; especially something wrong or unwise.”

That definition is compliments of the online Oxford Dictionary.

The list of temptations above is compliments of me!

God knows we are tempted because the word teaches us about temptation.

1 Corinthians 10:13

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

Galatians 5:16

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

James 1:14

“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.”

So when I am tempted, what am I supposed to do? How do I resist? Where is the wisdom to wait, move away and regroup?

Some of our temptations are indulgent habits and experts tell us that it takes a while to break a habit.

The Medical News Today website says this:

“Realistically, a person will take anywhere from 18 to over 250 days to break a habit completely. This time frame can vary from person to person. To break a habit, a person should set realistic goals, know their reasons for wanting to break the habit, and identify triggers.”

This medical statement echoes the 1 Corinthians quote above. It suggests if we TRULY want to change, it’s possible! We have power within and God’s power at hand.

Now…where did I put those M&Ms?

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