Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Sometimes we feel the need to test the waters and see how deep we can go before things get too uncomfortable, or worse, before we drown. We sneak to do what we know God doesn’t approve, as though God somehow can’t see us in the act.
Why test God?
Why give in to temptation when God always provides what we need and when we need it? Why must we feel the need to find out for ourselves if we “still have it” or if taking a risk will feel good in the short-end?
Why are we not faithful, content and satisfied in the Lord?
It’s because it all starts with us and how we see ourselves. The shame we carry makes us feel unworthy of God’s love as He declares, so we’re more inclined to give into the yearnings of the flesh, because we haven’t put in the work to be strengthened in the spirit.
The flesh is easy. And although temporal, the abundance of easy-access temptation, means less work to get our fix, high, and stimulation. In this state of mind we are only looking at short-term gain, without considering the consequences. We don’t see how our actions bruise, weaken, splinter, and fracture our relationship with God. We also don’t see how our role as His ambassadors are tarnished. We’re imitators, frauds, con artists— in disguise, pretending to be someone and something that we’re clearly not.
Our character is being tested daily. Does the life that you live behind closed doors match the life that you live when the doors are wide open? Are you indulging and engaging in behavior, practices, and acts that you know God and society doesn’t approve of?
Is God Enough For You?
What has greater power in your life and on the decisions that you make, God or the things and people that tempt you?
If you saw satan standing next to the thing or person that tempts you, and satan verbally encouraged you to give in to the temptation, would you do it? If you said “no”, then it’s most likely because the visual of satan’s presence repulsed you enough to reject that idea.
The same would be true if you could see God or Jesus standing before you, shaking their heads with disapproval. You would be quick to reject the temptation. Sadly, we’re more motivated by us seeing ourselves be seen than us knowing that we are always seen. Hence, the reason why we hide our vices from the judgemental eyes of our inner circles and society. We don’t want our shame to be magnified and intensified by the disapproving looks and comments of those we can see and hear. We know that God and Jesus can see and hear us. However, we’re more motivated by the flesh and what we see as the immediate consequences of the flesh.
It’s sad that God isn’t enough for us. He’s not a powerful enough motivator to do right and do good. Don’t lie and say, “Yes He is” while you continue to behave as a hypocrite. Either He is or He isn’t. You can’t straddle the fence with God. Be hot or cold, because that middle ground only ticks Him off. If the truth is that He isn’t enough in your life at this moment, then what are you willing to do to make sure that in your mind and heart, He is more than enough? In what ways can you demonstrate that all you are and all you have, as gifts of God, is sufficient?
Are you willing to sacrifice your soul for the temporary high that temptation provides?
When Faced With Temptation
Don’t give in to temptation. Look closely and you will see the trappings and anguish. You will see the domino effect that will have a lasting impact. Instead, live for God and strive to reflect His goodness. Believe, know, and speak that God is more than enough, His provision is more than enough. And prepare yourself for the abundance of blessings, both short-term and in the distant future—so that you can pay forward those blessings to others who need grace and mercy.
Father, protect my mind, heart, and flesh from temptation, and the desire to taste the fruits that are dangled before me.
Father, keep my eyes, mind, and heart locked in on You and only on what You seek and provide to me. You are more than enough. Your provisions are more than enough. I humbly pray and say thank You. Giving You all of the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.