We’ve been looking at the ways God can help us in our diet journey. Moreover, we need heaps of help. I saw a poll where they asked the question did you meet your weight lost goals at the end of last year. Only 37% said they had lost.
We discussed temptation some and I want to revisit that again. I just released a blog about diet obstacles and the subject was temptation. One of my Facebook friends made a good comment. “Walking by the girl scouts without buying cookies from adorable little girls helps a lot.”
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” (James 1:14) Lust is simply a passion for something. Most of us dieters have a passion for food. We can’t pass it by. It’s a constant temptation. Our passion for food draws us to it. Paul says it something like this. “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.” (Romans 7:15)
Every person is tempted by something. Dieters have stacks of temptations. Because we have to eat to live, we have temptations to overeat.
It’s the old adage that the more you try not to do something, the more you want to do it. The more you avoid cookies, the more you want them. I’m just picking on cookies. Some other food might be your Achilles heel. Temptation is all around us.
It’s not God tempting us. Some people say He’s tempting you so you can learn to overcome. He already knows I can’t overcome. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” (James 1:13)
God isn’t the one who tempts us. Our passion for food tempts us. I know people who can look at a candy bar and it not faze them one bit. They have no desire for a candy bar. They aren’t tempted. Dieters have a whole array of temptations to overcome. We aren’t going to overcome without God’s help. We need power beyond ourselves to resist temptation. That’s where He comes to help us.