Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!
The world is full of temptations. You have an opportunity every single day to be tempted by something. You can be tempted to sleep in a little longer, tell somebody off that may be mistreating you, going to the casino to pass the time, or eating a little more than you usually do. It doesn’t matter what the temptation is, if it is not controlled, it can have a progressive negative effect on your life. According to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, temptation is defined as “a desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise.” Temptations usually progress to addictions, and addictions usually birth negative consequences on many different levels. If you find that you are addicted to something, you need to think about what you’ve been giving your attention to.
It is vital that you start your day in prayer. You need to ask God to help you control yourself with whatever tempts you. When something is vital, it means that you can’t live without it; and because you can’t do it on your own, prayer is absolutely necessary. Jesus understands your temptations because when He walked the Earth as a man, He was tempted in every way that you are. This is why He is able to help you (see Hebrews 4:15). It doesn’t make a weak person to pray asking for help, but it shows that you know you can’t handle it on your own, and you need help beyond what you can give. Because your flesh is weak, it takes nothing to give into a particular situation, but it takes a strong person to be able to resist. This is why you need to pray multiple times a day and be led by the Spirit. The best prayer you can pray in this situation is, “Help me Lord. Give me strength to not give in.” God hears the cries of His children, and He begins to work on your behalf.
The devil will try to make you think that you are the only one suffering from a certain temptation, but you aren’t. Whatever you are facing, God is faithful to deliver you (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, He spoke the Word of God right back at him (see Matthew 4). When a temptation presents itself, speak the Word of God. You have to be proactive in this battle or the temptation will consume you. If Jesus didn’t let the devil rule Him with enticing thoughts, with God’s help, surely you can take control of the things that seem to have a hold on you. Each time you choose not to feed your flesh the desire dies. It will take time and patience, but you have the power of God residing on the inside of you. You have to make up your mind that you are not going to be ruled by your flesh. The choice is yours—choose wisely.
Meditation Scripture (s):
So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. (Romans 8:6-8 NLT)
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. (James 1:14-15 NLT)
*I have written a blog titled “How Did I Get Here” in the August 2015 archives. It discusses what happens when you allow temptations to get out of control. Click for the blog https://latoyajyadon.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/how-did-i-get-here/ *