James 1:13, “When tempted, no one is to say, “God is tempting me” For God cannot be tempted with evil, nor does he tempt anyone, but each one is tempted when by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.”
Let’s face it, Satan does NOT want you to succeed. He will do anything in his power to steer Christians to away from reaching positive goals. He doesn’t want us to honor our temples of the Holy Spirit! And don’t be fooled, Satan isn’t the ugly red monster with horns and a pitchfork we see in cartoons. Satan is a beautiful, enticing creature – the George Clooney of the angels. He is attractive and very tempting, literally.
Satan discerns our weaknesses, so whether it is fried chicken, chocolate cake, being a people pleaser or laziness, those temptations will “suddenly” appear when we are at our most vulnerable. If we fall to temptation, we feel discouraged, worthless and a failure.
How do we learn not give in to temptation? First study Scripture! Believe that as a Christian you inherit your own power to overcome temptation! God wants you to succeed!
Isaiah 40:29, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
Don’t stand around debating or justifying your behavior. “Gee – should I or not?” “Well, I’ve been so good, maybe God wants me to have this Butterfinger and Ellie did say anything was fine in moderation.” Sure, but not if it’s trashing your temple of the Holy Spirit; your health depends on it and there are some perfectly good grapes in the fridge! God does not want you to have a heart attack!
You know what to do! Flee youthful lusts! Memorize 2 Timothy 2:22 and 1 Cor. 10:13. Talk yourself into success but heaven forbid, if you give in, forgive yourself and go on. It’s not the end of the world, it’s a learning experience. Visualize Satan laughing and keeping score if you fail. But he hasn’t won yet! It’s not how many times you fail, but how you react to failures that builds character and success.
Just imagine you and your family were driving to the Grand Canyon for a vacation. You mistakenly take a wrong exit. Now what? Do you turn to the back seat and state, “Sorry kids, Dad made a mistake, guess we have to give up, vacation’s over.” Of course not! You’d turn around, get back on the right road and continue toward your destination. You’re not a failure if you make a mistake. You’ve only discovered the correct road to get to your goal, which is the awesome hole in the ground called the Grand Canyon!
Suppose you did give up? Can you imagine the howls of protest you’d hear? How could you consider giving up and disappointing your family? In the same way, your health dedication should inspire your entire family.
- You’re providing life lessons on self-denial, personal strength, fortitude and character.
- You’re demonstrating examples of overcoming challenges to reach a goal.
- You are a living example, showing them how to never give up on their dreams.
Corinthians 6:19 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?”
Honor your personal temple of the Holy Spirit and continue to strive for excellence!