5. The source of our strength comes from the food that we choose.
What we feed grows, and what grows becomes the strong and dominating force within our lives. Sin never stands still—it either grows or withers depending on whether we feed or starve it. Our thoughts become words, our words become actions, our actions become habits. Who is shaping your thoughts? A daily diet of violence, lust, anger, and depression will fuel those very things in your life.
Again, the devil doesn’t make us do anything; he simply presents the bait. James 1:14-15 says that each one of us “is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death (e.g. feed me so I can destroy you).”
In closing, be encouraged. Recall I Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
When you truly seek God’s help, you can control temptation instead of allowing temptation to control you. The key is to pray for strength and wisdom, and to be mindful of the warfare and the weapons of warfare (see Ephesians 6). When we yield to temptation, we walk willingly into the enemy's camp. An immediate exit at the first sign of temptation will encourage victory.
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Publication date: May 16, 2018