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Picnic food

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But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house. – Genesis 39:12

I gathered with some wonderful writing friends last night at a picnic to share the great things God is doing in our writing, plus getting to know each other better, and of course eat picnic foods. There was a wonderful selection of delectable delights. Taking a little here and there, I found myself with a full plate. My eyes instantly sent the yum information to my brain which responded with spoon in hand.

Temptation is often experienced through what we see. We may think we can restrain ourselves, but why take the risk? Sometimes we need to run away from it to be protected. If we play with the temptation, often we will fall right into it and be over our heads in sin before we know it. God always provides a way out for us (1 Corinthians 10:13), but we have to choose to take it.

How do you handle temptation? Is there Scripture that speaks to you in this circumstance?

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your provision in escaping the draw of sin. I pray that I run away from any temptation that draws me away from you. Amen

Faith Tip: Make a choice to run from temptation before it happens.

Feeling tempted today?

And lead us not into temptation,
   but deliver us from the evil one. – Matthew 6:13

Have you ever been tempted? That sounds like a really silly question, because we know that we have all been tempted by one thing or another. Just last night, I was tempted to eat a strawberry tart. I ate it. But then I can rationalize it by thinking, Well, at least I didn’t have the chocolate cherry cake ala mode. It was busy yesterday running from one appointment to another, so because of stress and the relaxing benefits of this dessert, I can indulge.  Creating excuses has never been a problem for me.

The truth is temptation surrounds us all the time … it’s not hard to find. The bigger truth is that God has provided for us a way out … if we choose to take it. The strength of God is more powerful than the pull of temptation. The power we plug into, God’s or our own, will make the difference in our delivery.

Prayer: Lord, your power in me is more than the power of the world. I pray that I choose to connect with your power rather than my own. That is how I will experience success. Amen

Faith Tip: Next time you are tempted, and it could be any minute, pray and read God’s word.

Who Gives Temptation?

Dessert

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Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.

Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, “God is trying to trip me up.” God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.

So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures. – James 1:12-18 MSG

If I consider all the things that tempt me during the day, the list would be endless for it seems that temptation is always around. I may think that if this food wasn’t in front of me, I wouldn’t be tempted. Maybe I would rather do something else than what I should be doing. A spiritual battle seems to always rage within, especially during busy times, which is always.

As humans, we do want to look for who to blame. Maybe we do think God is testing us so he created this scenario in our lives. God does not give us evil, but only good things. God wants us to succeed in life. While some things are allowed to happen, God has everything we need to help us get through it. God’s plan will always be good for us. Even in the painful times, we will grow for God makes beauty from ashes.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me all I need for today. I do not need to fear the temptations that I will face if I choose to follow you. Amen

Faith Tip: Make the choice now who you will follow today.

Pray the plan

An assortment of food dishes at a church potluck.

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“Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” – Luke 22:40

I have found that the best way I can lose weight is to plan ahead what I am going to eat. If I find myself hungry with no plan in place, I am allowing myself to fall off the wagon and start grazing the nearest grass. Having a preventative plan all set up helps me immensely.

It’s the same with any temptation in our life. If we have a plan of prevention set up, we can succeed. The number one step to plan is to pray. Praying against a temptation invites God into the plan and allows him to take action in fighting your temptation. It says in the Bible that God will always make a way out for any temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). God is faithful. He wants us to succeed. In every little success, giving God the glory will set the healthy habit of always going to God for help. He’s waiting.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the successes you have helped me reach. You are cheering me on every step of the way. I pray that I focus on you so that I am to move through any obstacles I come across. You are so worthy of all glory and praise. Amen

Faith Tip: What temptation feels like it has a total grip on you? Break free through Jesus. He will help you through.

Show your hope

Smörgåsbord, Swedish buffet-style food

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For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:11-14)

My husband and I both love food. We both love the process of creating new dishes and then enjoying them. We try to eat sensibly and use healthy foods with lots of greens and whole grains. However, when there is a potluck or a buffet, there is a real struggle going on. I think it’s more of wanting to try everything rather than hunger that makes us eat more than we should at those times. It really helps to make a decision before going what we will eat and when we will say, “no more.”

In this world, there are many temptations. Most are not good for our well being. God gives us the ability to say no through his Holy Spirit. This is not a sacrifice to God; it is an act of obedience for our good. To live a life that is self-controlled, upright and godly in this present age is going against the flow of our culture and is difficult. That’s why we need God’s grace to accomplish it. It’s definitely worth continually practicing this way of life for God’s glory shines brightly through it for all to see drawing people to himself. People today need hope, and when they see the hope we have, they want it, too.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the ability to say no to things that are not beneficial to me. I pray that I will continue to look to you for the hope you so freely give. Amen

Faith tip: Today practice saying “no” to things that you know are not beneficial to you.