We are obsessed with special foods during the holidays. Everywhere we look temptation abounds so much so that we are sure we will not survive without giving in.
I challenge you to name one of your favorite holiday foods that is healthy for you and not something designed to put pounds on your body. About the only one I can think of is turkey and my vegan friends would argue with that.
It’s Too Enticing
For those of us wanting to stay away from carbohydrates, sugars and starches this is the very worst time of the year. It’s so bad that many people just give up trying and give in to the food mania.
The dictionary says tempt means to “entice or attempt to entice someone to do or acquire something that they find attractive, but know to be wrong or not beneficial.”
According to this definition in order to be tempted we have to first know what is wrong for us to do. This may seem like it should go without saying, however, if we don’t see whatever we want to eat as wrong, then we won’t see it as tempting and so we will eat it without thinking.
What Is Wrong For Me?
The very first way we survive temptation is to define what things or quantities of things are wrong for us to eat. This means we have to know ourselves and our limits.
I know people, my husband being one, who can eat one small piece of pie and be satisfied. No one can push another piece on him even if they tell him they are going to throw it away. He won’t eat it if he is not hungry.
Then there are those like me that can’t eat even a small piece because I want the whole pie. My saving grace is that God has given me my boundaries and when I allow Him to, He will give me the strength to stay within them. My limit is no pie period.
Where Does Temptation Come From?
There was a time, though, when even though I knew my limits, I willfully and on purpose ignored them and gave into temptation easily. That’s because I allowed my desires to govern what I did. As a result I gained up to 430 pounds and was staring a death sentence in the face.
“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)
We want to blame temptation on the devil, but actually all he has to do is partner with our desires. If we have a habit of eating our favorite comfort food or junk food when we are stressed, tired, overwhelmed, sad, lonely, afraid, depressed, or even when we want to celebrate and be happy, all the evil one has to do is whisper a word of encouragement towards those foods. Then we are off to the races eating everything in sight.
The Devil Knows
The fact is, the devil knows us really well. It’s like he has a giant computer in hell where he tracks all our wrong choices, why we made them and what kinds of foods we choose when we feel certain ways. When he sees us in those different situations that’s when he puts the bait out there and we fall for it hook, line and sinker.
Why? Because we want it. We desire it. We have to have it.
It’s similar to how that blouse I looked at on my favorite clothing store’s website follows me everywhere I go on the internet reminding me that I want that. I need that. I have to have that.
The devil knows what we desire and reminds us of it, especially if he knows it will capture us and pull us into a bondage, stronghold or addiction we feel is impossible to break.
How to Resist Temptation
God gives us a simple plan to resist temptation. If our desires are running rampant and are beyond our control we have to submit them to Him.
You might say, “But I can’t give up Christmas goodies, hot rolls or mashed potatoes and gravy. I never can resist the temptation. Just the look and smell and I’m gone.”
Awesome. Without knowing it, you have taken the first step towards resisting temptation. You are finally ready to admit you are weak when it comes to certain foods. Your own willpower won’t help you resist. You finally see that God is the only one who can give you the strength to do what you know you need to do.
Submit To God
Before you can ask God for His strength, though, He asks that you do one big thing. He asks that you give up wanting your own way.
He asks that you admit that what you are doing by eating the thing you know makes your body unhealthy is a sin against Him. He asks that you surrender your cravings and desires to Him.
“Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:7-8 NLT)
This Is A Big Deal
When we look at this from a heavenly perspective it becomes much bigger than you or me. It goes beyond how much weight we want to lose. This is a now big deal because it has become a Kingdom matter.
God wants us healthy so we can do the work of sharing the gospel with as many people as we can while we are here on earth. We have a hard time doing that when we are gaining weight which opens to the door to all kinds of diseases, not the least of which is diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and so many more.
He wants the best for us. In the moment we think it’s that slice of cherry cheesecake. However, if we know that will only lead us down a treacherous addictive road, we must say no for our good and His glory.
Know Your Limits
The most important thing for you to understand right now is what your own limits are. What does God say they are? Ask Him. Write them down.
Are you following those limits every day? Because if you aren’t implementing them on a daily basis it will be really hard to do it during especially tempting times. If you aren’t, ask Him to help you do that.
We are weak. He is strong. We need His power because ours is nonexistent. “My grace is sufficient for you for My power is being perfected and is completed and shows itself most effectively in your weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9 AMP)
Christmas Is Coming
He promises to help us when we admit we are weak and we need Him. As long as we are trying to do it on our own, His strength is not optimal in our lives. He will let us try until we come to the end of ourselves and are ready to give in completely to Him as our almighty God.
He wants to help us, but first we have to admit we have a problem, own what that is and surrender it to Him.
Then His grace floods our lives with strength to resist even the biggest temptation of them all. After Thanksgiving, Christmas is still coming. Be prepared by submitting all your food-laden desires to Jesus and accepting the marvelous power of His strength.
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