Here is the failure cycle we obtained from James 1:14, 15.
Temptation = food triggers
Lust enticed = craving
Lust conceived = binge
Brings forth sin = diet failure
Sin finished = guilt, depression, weight gain
There are two places to deal with diet failure before it happens—temptation and craving. At that point, we haven’t actually eaten anything. After that, we have to deal with the consequences of failure, which we will do, in a later blog.
The Bible has lots to say about temptation. First is that temptation does not come from God. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man: (James 1:13). Although this is a diet blog and we are honing in on weight loss, this applies to all areas of life. God is not tempting you in any way. God doesn’t set a plate of cookies on the counter to test your resolve to stick to your diet. It’s probably closer to say as Flip Wilson often said, “The devil made me do it.”
In the Garden of Eden, the devil brought the temptation to Adam and Eve. The devil even tried to tempt Jesus as well. Temptation comes from an outward suggestion whether by a word which you see or hear, such as a commercial, or by smelling the donuts near a donut shop. Temptations will come. So handling the temptation is crucial to dieting success.