Put a plate full of French fries in front of me, and my best intentions of eating healthy fly out the window.

french friesIt’s even worse when I’m the one who ordered them, as I did at lunch this week.

Dunking each one in ranch dressing, I savored each bite of deliciousness.

Fries have never tasted this good. There should be a law against such great-tasting strips of deep-fried potatoes. But today, I’m glad there isn’t.

A half-hour later, walking out of the restaurant, regret consumed me.

Why do I do this to myself?

I vow in the mornings to eat healthy all day. I pray for God to help me make wise food choices.

Four hours later, I’m ordering French fries.

Really, Julie?

I don’t get it.

Now I’m not saying I should never eat fries. Nor am I saying that no one else should eat them either. But when someone is focusing on eating healthy, consuming French fries (and a plate-full, mind you) probably isn’t the healthiest food choice.

I guess it’s with any temptation… If we let what’s tempting us become the thing we focus on, we’ll most likely give in to it.

What do we do with temptation? It’s pretty clear I can’t fight it on my own.
Temptation a way of escape

1 Corinthians 10:30 has the answer (bolded mine):

Any temptation you face will be nothing new. But God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can handle. But He always provides a way of escape so that you will be able to endure and keep moving forward.

God is faithful. He always provides a way of escape.

I’m reminded of past temptations. More than I care to admit, I gave into them. I allowed them to take me down paths my feet should never have stepped on. The regret of giving in to those is real, and some, still raw.

Why wasn’t I stronger? Why did I give into them? I knew better.

Yes, we know better.

But without looking for God’s way of escape, without relying on Jesus to be our strength, we won’t be strong enough on our own. Eve was a perfect example of this in the garden of Eden.

So, instead of consuming a plate of fries, maybe a eating salad would be the way of escape?

Are you facing a particular temptation? Friend, I encourage you…

DON’T GIVE INTO IT.

God is faithful. Take your focus off the temptation. Ask Jesus to help you. Look for the way of escape God is providing for you. He has one. It’s there. You’ll see it.

Take it and run.

Regret will have no place in your life. What a beautiful picture of peace!

And you know… I’ll take peace over French fries any day.

Blessings!
Julie

(Scripture from The Voice Bible)

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