Welcome back, Willing spirits x. I pray everything you cried out to God for last week, is answered!
Imagine a pitch black warehouse or a really big room. Now imagine a light bulb turns on. It doesn’t light up the whole room but now you can see enough to turn on the next one and the next after that. Then suddenly, a gust of wind comes through the door and windows you left open and sends the light bulbs crashing to the floor. Now you’re in the dark again and feeling greatly annoyed.
This is what temptation is like. The darkness is sin, the light is every time we resist being tempted, the wind is temptation itself and the annoyance we feel is the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Temptation is something that we all go through and it’s one that we are constantly battling. Even Jesus, as we all know, was tempted towards the end of His fast. No one is exempt. God knows how many times we’ve fallen into it and there’s no doubt we need help overcoming it. Unfortunately, we can’t just sweep it under the rug and hope that it doesn’t come back for us again, because it will. The devil is stubborn like that. That door or window that has been deliberately left open for temptation to come through? It’s time to confront it and close it for good. But let’s get one thing straight: temptation isn’t the sin. Yielding to it is.
As the bible verse of today states: ‘the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak’. It’s good that we want to overcome temptation but will isn’t enough. We have to take action. God is so good that he won’t allow us to go through more than we can handle. If we ever feel like we can’t overcome it, think again. We can! There’s always an escape (1 Cor. 10:13) and it’s probably one of the easiest ones too–run!
Yes you read correctly, no, I don’t mean physically (unless you really want to :D). When I say run, I mean change the feeling of the atmosphere or change our surroundings; try not to dwell in the place where we will be tempted. Every temptation is an opportunity to draw closer to God and help us develop our resistance to sin–a chance to increase the light in that warehouse to the point where the darkness will be completely ruled out.
One slip up can send our lives spiralling back into darkness again so when we feel like we’re about to fall into it, get up. Do some exercise, pray, play some gospel, go wash those plates you left in the sink! Or if we’re not at home, let’s leave that specific place we’re in, walk away. Whatever we do, we must make sure we don’t spend a second longer with temptation–run. I know it’s easier said than done but it is possible. Watching and praying; programming our minds to be like that of God’s and being mindful of what we watch and listen to will make it all the more easier.
This week, let’s try and put this into practice. Ask God to lend you His strength to resist temptation; to choose the escape path. We may not succeed in one try but keep at it because you know what they say: practice makes perfect x
Next week then, we look at forgiveness in terms of reconciliation with God in 2 Corinthians 5:17.
– A fellow Willing spirit