I am like my father in so many ways…my dislike of change, the way I overanalyze when making decisions and most of all my sweet tooth. I love sweets, and for the longest time, one of the few reasons I really worked out if I was honest was so that I could eat more sweets, and still keep my figure.
God recently changed my life, and took processed sugar out of my diet. The doctors are telling me that sugar is feeding the issues that my body has currently, which means I’m on what I call a “No Sugar, No Fun” diet.
Now, if you know me you will also know that I am very disciplined. We still have lots of things in our house with processed sugar (mainly so my husband can survive), but I haven’t been tempted by them. They are there for him, and they don’t tempt me.
However, recently, someone literally put a plate of different cakes in front of me. It took every ounce of me to say, “No, but thank you. Would you mind taking that away?” Just the smell of the sugar was enough to tempt me as I watched everyone else partake.
We are not alone in struggling with temptations. James tells us that we are going to be tempted at times. He writes in James 1:13-15, “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
Maybe you aren’t tempted by sweets (lucky you!), but maybe your temptation is new clothes, or saying yes when you say you should say no. Maybe you are tempted to be discontent by watching material that makes you want more than you need. Maybe you are tempted to gossip or talk about others at work. Or, maybe you are blessed and in a season where you aren’t that tempted. Whatever it is, we have been given the Holy Spirit to help us, whether we are struggling with it now, or when it does come.
Today, I would encourage you to:
- Ask God to show you where you might be tempted right now to sin.
- Confess those temptations, ask for forgiveness if needed.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to help you in overcoming those temptations.
If you are struggling with something and need accountability, reach out and ask a friend you trust to hold you to being accountable. That’s what the Christian community is for – no shame, no judgements 🙂