While enduring my workout this morning, (and enduring is a VERY weak word), I was tempted to give in. After two weeks of letting the Lord keep me strong, boom, in one minute I was ready to throw in the sweaty towel.
Dreams of curling up in my bed after hitting all the salty and sugary snacks in my pantry were running circles around me. The thought that tempted me most though, was this one: “You have freedom in Christ, Laura. Giving it all up for one day won’t hurt anything.” Ouch. That thought punched me into reality.
Now I want to make sure anyone stumbling upon this has the proper context. Yes, I have freedom in Christ to eat what I want. 1 Timothy 4:3-5 tells me so. But God in His goodness has made clear to me (numerous times in the past few years) that He wants me to take better care of myself. He has shown me that the freedom to eat what I want whenever I want is not beneficial for me (1 Cor. 10:23). I wrote about it here a few weeks ago. It’s a personal sanctifying work the Lord wants to do with a willing, obedient heart on my part. So using the brain He ‘s given me, I know that means I have to make radical changes in my diet and activity levels. I’ve chosen a program to help me do that called PrayFit. God led me to it, and it’s a good “fit” for the way I’m wired. (My hubby is participating as he can and cheering me on in encouragement and muscle rubs).
All that said, the freedom thought that lunged into my brain, during my lunges oddly enough, was not from the Lord. He was gracious, though, to give me just the word I needed at that moment. “No.” “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
He is so faithful to give me His Truth as an escape from my temptation to desperately sink my teeth into the snack bin. The One who called me to this action is faithful, and He will surely do it. Faithful indeed, and I just want to give Him glory.
Can you think of a time when the Lord specifically gave you a way out when you were tempted? I would love to hear your “Desperately Seeking __________” story.
1 Corinthians 10:13
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.
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