Life is full of challenges -- one of the biggest being temptation. Being a recovering alcoholic, I appreciate the strength it takes to avoid it. Although eighteen years sober, I still experience days when all I want to do is grab the car keys and head to the nearest liquor store.
I have come to realize temptation gets stronger when we are on the right spiritual path. Satan grows angry, doing all in his power to set up detours to lead us astray ... and he's a crafty one. He knows our weaknesses and will use them against us ... pushing us to succumb to them and act accordingly. Even if we don't act on them, he will take advantage of the fact we "almost" did and use that guilt to once again become entangled in his wicked web.
Being mere humans, there are times we may lose a few battles with temptation. But, rest assured, as long as we believe that through asking for and receiving God's mercy, we will not lose the war. We'll grow in our faith and be better prepared for future skirmishes.
No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Just my thoughts for today.....