When weigh day came and I had gained weight, I confessed what had been going on to my FP4H Leader and started over again. I struggled for the next three months to maintain the balance I had found that first month; however, it became harder and harder to resist temptation. Could it be that I still refuse to believe I can’t do this on my own. Instead of telling God that I am powerless and must have His help, I seem to keep “white knuckling” this thing called temptation and failing every time.

If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).

It saddens me to say that most of the time the answer to that question is ME. To blame our enemy, the devil, is pointless. The enemy brings the temptation, but he doesn’t have the power to make us do anything. We have been given the power of choice and when we do wrong, it is because we choose to do wrong.

Our enemy, the devil, will never tempt us to do good. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us to, Be self controlled and alert for your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. The devil wants to keep us defeated so that we are powerless to resist his evil schemes. We must learn that without the power of Jesus Christ and the Word of God, we will never be able to resist temptation when it comes.

No in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39.

 Next week: Facing Ever-Present Temptation

Published April 28, 2009

Carole Lewis is the National Director of First Place 4 Health. This excerpt will be included in the upcoming release, Give God a Year, available from Regal Books in December. For more information on First Place 4 Health and Carole Lewis’ books, visit http://www.firstplace4health.com/.