Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Is Resistance Futile?

I really shouldn’t,” I thought to myself.

I stared at the second brownie on my dessert plate.

A line from Star Trek flitted through my mind, “Resistance is futile.”

I could take it home for tomorrow,” I mused. “But some of the ice cream melted onto the brownie; it’s too messy to transport. I better just eat it now,” I rationalized in my head.

“Resistance is futile. . . futile. . . futile. . .”

Ugh! Too full—again! No wonder I get “the burps” and my jeans don’t fit like they used to! If only I wouldn’t give in to the temptation to eat more than is healthy for me,” I lamented with an audible groan.

Sound familiar? While to some people occasional overeating may not seem too serious on the enticement scale, as Christians we face a myriad of potentially derailing spiritual temptations that can be very hard to resist--joining in on the boss-bashing at work, whispering a bit of juicy gossip, having “the last word” in an argument, passing the blame for shortcomings onto someone else, . . . eating that second brownie—the list is endless and very personalized.

What can we do about temptation? How can we resist? God’s Word is full of advice!

  • Prepare by learning Scriptures (Psalm 119:11) so we can fight like Jesus did. (Matthew 4:1-11)
  • Pray. (Matthew 26:41)
  • Look for the way out that God promises to provide. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
  • Consider the consequences. (Proverbs 6: 27-28)
  • Think about something else—something pleasing to God. (Philippians 4:8)
  • Remember where temptation originates. (James 1:13-15)
  • Be on guard. (1 Peter 5:8-10)
  • Don’t be over-confident. (1 Corinthians 10:12)

 Resistance is NOT futile! With God’s merciful help, we can resist temptation and savor the victory. (Look out, brownies!)

What have you found that helps you resist temptation? What scriptures bolster your faith to overcome temptation?

Be encouraged!

©2017 Pamela D. Williams