Tempted Much?

August 13, 2012

“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.” – James 1:13

What’s your toughest temptation? Is it to lose your cool when somebody ticks you off or to cheat on a test or expense reports? Is it the temptation to overeat when you’re under stress or maybe it’s lust or pornography? Is it booze, or drugs, or some other addictive behavior? Believe me, we’re all surrounded with temptation every day of our lives.

Now, think how often we indirectly blame God for our temptations. For instance, if you struggle with obesity and you say, “Well, it is just how God made me. I just have this tendency to be overweight.” The truth is, we are the major source of our temptation to sin. We all have a sinful nature that is as old as Adam and Eve.

Here’s the good part – we have a way to resist. Jesus taught us to pray for God’s strength in the face of temptation. Then just say, “No” and mean it. Will we fail sometimes? Of course we will. When we do, ask God to forgive you, which He will through Christ. Then ask for strength to never do THAT again!