“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
There are times, I admit, that I wonder how skinny people do it. I think they were born with better genes; and admittedly, some probably were. I also think that they don’t struggle the same way I do with craving certain foods or a second (or third if it’s really good!) helping of dinner or not enjoying sports or workouts. But, when I read this verse, I see that what tempts us is ‘common.’ It reminded me of a conversation I had with an extremely thin and physically fit gal I used to work with. She said “I’d love to eat a whole bag of Oreo cookies while watching TV, too (speaking about her husband at the time), but I don’t because I care more about my body than the snack.” It was a revelation to me. Someone who was thin also desired food; they just weren’t addicted to it like I was. They could say no.
This scripture also tells me that we, too, can say no. God will provide a way out when we are tempted. That way may not always seem easy, but it will be there! Look for it!
When I think about the number of pounds I need to lose as a whole, it seems daunting. But, if I focus one day at a time, one choice at a time, I think I can continue on this journey, with God’s help. A healthy body starts with one decision at a time. The hardest thing for me is to say no to food. But, I keep reminding myself, it gets easier every time I stand up and say no (finding that way out).
So, when you’re offered something that doesn’t fit in with your new lifestyle, simply say “no thank you.” It’s hard the first time, but you’ll feel so glad when the situation is over and you resisted the temptation. Each time gets a little easier; although I’m not sure it every gets truly ‘easy.’ As God prompts you in changing your lifestyle, submit to Him and resist temptations that come your way. There will be a way out!
Dear Jesus, we thank You that You provide a way out when temptation is knocking at our door. Lord, as we are entering this new chapter of our lives, please help us in seeing the way out – make it evident. I pray that we would have the will power to resist the devil and that he would flee from our lives in Your powerful name! Help us to submit to Your will for us and realize that You are faithful to help us with each choice, each decision, each day of our lives. Thank you, Father God, for drawing us nearer to You on our quest to be healthy for your glory. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!