The Good Taste of Temptation

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I love to drink anything but water – sodas, tea, lemonade – the big bad three to get the sugar rush with dessert. These three bring on problems that push me further up the road to diabetes. Water is an option, but I don’t really want it. What I do now is place the water in the freezer to make it icy. Amazingly, my body and skin improve. (I say that sarcastically.) I feel better when I select water and avoid the big three temptations.

On the other hand, some of us spend our bill money, then ask someone else to pay the bills. In return, that man wants his pay back in non-cash sexual “dollars.” Sitting in the dark for two or three days may be humbling, but preserves the big three – dignity, respect, and high self-esteem. Yes, you may be in the dark for a little while, however, you didn’t compromise your values to cover your error with finances.

We often live so long in areas where we give into temptation that we start to think it is normal. When we refuse to resist the temptation, we have no clue how to get out, if we even realize anymore we are still in temptation land.

Temptation! Do we eat that chocolate brownie with the strawberry on top or work on dropping a few pounds? Should we answer the phone call to hear him apologize for the fiftieth time even though he broke my heart because I’m lonely or tough it out? Temptation!

We face temptation everyday; however, we have a choice. There is always a way to escape. When we were asked to do things, we have to think about the escape exits that you ignored. Our job is to not only seek the escape from the temptation, but also to help others from falling into the temptation. The more we resist the temptation the more positive our image will become.

The next time we venture into temptation land, let us first look for the escape that will keep us safe and inside the will of God. There is no reason to destroy our body with food or destroy our self-esteem by compromising our values.

Think on this: At the end of the day, have you selected more escapes than temptations?

I Corinthians 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

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