You’ve just finished eating, and your belly is full. Then it strikes. Your nemesis, the sweet tooth, has arrived. You try to ignore it, but the cravings get stronger. You know that just inside of the cupboard there is a stash of your favorite cookies. Now you’re in a battle of the will. You try to reason with yourself that just one is ok, but that never works. You know yourself. One is never enough, and you really don’t need those cookies anyway. Now you are anxiously pacing, trying to find the strength to say no. You want it so bad!
It’s late at night. You’re leaving the movies with your boyfriend and it’s been a really great date night. When you arrive home, he walks you to the door and leans in for a kiss. Before you know it, things are getting really heated and you have a choice to make. You can break away and say goodnight, or you can invite him in. You know things will only escalate if he walks through your door, but you want him so bad!
That girl you love to hate has done it again. She’s trolling you and it’s making you so angry! Why can’t she just leave you alone? Why is she so petty all the time? You are seriously over her and all her little games. There is nothing you would love more than to give her a piece of your mind. You wish you could punch her right in the throat so bad!
Temptation sucks. It comes in many forms, but the the thing I hate about it is that it’s only temptation if it’s something you really want. Some people say that it’s the devil. You can almost picture a little horned creature sitting on your shoulder whispering sweet nothings in your ear.
Sorry girls! As much as we want a scape goat, this just isn’t true. Sure, there is spiritual warfare, and satan really does exist, but he’s not lurking in your freezer behind that pint of Ben &Jerry’s that you’re trying desperately to avoid.
I think it’s time to introduce you to the real enemy here, but you aren’t going to like it. Grab a mirror and give a good look. The thing you are fighting with is your own flesh!
James 1:14-15 NLT tells us this:
“Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”
I hate to say you are the problem, but I would be lying to you if I didn’t. Lucky for you, there is hope.
I want you to take time today and go read the entire chapter of Romans 8. It gives a perfect play by play of how to confront this. I won’t type out the whole chapter here, but I will give you a verse that has offered me empowerment very recently. When I read it, I had to take a step back and breathe because it was like finding an assault weapon hidden in my Bible!
“Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.” Romans 8:12 NLT
Whoa. Game changer. I’m not sure if you caught the gravity of that statement or not, so let me break it down for you. When you start going back and forth in your head about whether you should do that thing that you really really want, but you know that you really really shouldn’t, you can stop. Not only can you stop, you can tell that voice to shut up and stop talking to you because you don’t have to do what it says! You get to be a toddler, and stomp around defiantly with your hands over your ears and say no! I’m not going to do it! I don’t have to! You are not my friend and you’re stupid and nobody likes you anyway. And then you can sit down, and have peace, and know that the spirit of God himself is chilling out inside of your spirit. The two of you can sit down and have a laugh about that one time that you almost did that thing, but you didn’t because it was stupid and everything is ok now.
Go! Read the rest of Romans 8! Be empowered! You got this girl!