What kind of temptations do you face in your life? Overspending? Overeating? Being unmotivated? Gossip? Overindulgence of alcohol? Recreational drugs? Adultery ? Pornography? Hypocrisy? Idolatry? Envy? Putting your social life before your children? Putting your career path before your spouse?
Do you succumb because everyone else does? You’ll try to do better tomorrow? You deserve to treat yourself? You’re deserving? You’re undeserving? You’re selfish? Self centered? You’re just too scared or too tired to change?
If you are human one of these temptations has probably plagued you at some season in your life. Did you address it? Did you seek counsel? Did you change only to be back in the same pattern later?
Paul knew what He was talking about when he penned Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Paul knew that on our own accord we simply can’t do it. Oh, we can try. And we may succeed. For a short time. Inevitably, though, we fall short (Romans 3:23). God longs to be in relationship with us. Without Him we are literally alone. With a great big gaping hole inside. Which we fill with various and sundry addictions.
Everything that God has His hand in or on is righteous and true. Every single thing that Satan has control of is the polar opposite. 1 Corinthians 14:33 clearly tells us that “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace“.
I have never understood more clearly than I do now why we are attracted to chaos. Confusion. Addictions. It’s because the enemy is intentionally diverting our attention from what God so clearly promises us: peace.
There is never, nor will there ever be, peace in life without the Prince of Peace. Period. We can explain and justify any ill behavior. Why? Because Satan has convinced us that being of this world is the answer. Really? If the enemy is the answer then where is our peace? There isn’t any. None. Zero. Zip.
We become enslaved to the things that own us: cars, houses, credit cards, drugs, alcohol, work, our kids pursuits of greatness, vacations, real estate, affairs, clothing, hobbies. Satan makes us believe those things will bring us happiness and freedom. In reality we are literally enslaved. There is no peace. Only bondage. It becomes cicular. We rid ourselves of one addiction only to replace it with another.
I wish I could have the opportunity to talk to every person who is dealing with daily addiction. I wish I could verbally articulate the lie they are living. I wish I had the gift of making people understand that “letting go” is not loosing control. The control is already gone. The enemy is calling the shots. Freedom in this world? It’s a lie straight from the pits of hell.
God calls us to be in this world but not of it. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”-Romans 12:2
BOOM! There it is! God loves us so much that he sent his only begotten son to die for us so that we may know what? What is good, pleasing and perfect in companionship with Him. If you are Satan and your goal is to imprison and deceive? Heck no! Not okay. You will do everything in your power to keep the people from walking in the promises of eternal life. The enemy comes to seek, kill, and destroy. Christ died in our place to free us from bondage. To give us a new life in Him.
My all time favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 10:13:
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bare. But when you are tempted, he will also
provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Temptations and addictions are of this world. And without Him you will succumb. You will be enslaved. But with God? Yes, here on earth there will still be temptations. But He is good. He loves us. He knows our human nature. While we walk through trails? He promises us He will rescue us. Divert us. Redirect us. Heal us. Deliver us. And that? That my friends is the Good News.
“Commit everything you do to the Lord Trust him, and he will help you”-Psalm 37:5