Sometimes temptation stares us in the face. Currently, there are rice crispy bars sitting on my counter tempting me to eat one. When it is this close and right in front of me, I struggle to say no. If salted caramels come into the house, I take one and ask hubby to put them out of my sight and reach.

My first line of defense is to not have temptation in the house. When that fails, out of sight often works. Sitting on the counter is a set up for sure failure. I have learned the tricks that work for me, usually.

While these temptations are not great for the waistline, my life is not significantly altered by an indulgence. Other temptations are life altering. For some, sugar or alcohol are life altering. If I had treats in the house regularly, it would have negative consequences for my life. My health would take a significant turn for the worse.

13 No temptation[c] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[d]beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV).

If we are honest with ourselves, we know our areas of temptation. Big or small it is important for me to look for the way out that God has provided. If I don’t actively look for it, I am likely to miss it. Clearly one is to remove the temptation wherever possible. I try to avoid situations where I will struggle to make the right choice. I solicit support from others when needed. I put a plan in place before I’m in the situation. Lastly, I remind myself that I can start over if I fail.

How do you deal with temptation? Do you have a plan in place? Are you willing to reach out for support? Share your story here and breathe life and bring hope to others.

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