Temptation is not a permanent state. Don’t believe the lies of the enemy when he prowls around your head telling you that you must give into the temptation to get relief. Or when he tells you the rest of your life will feel like this if you continue to resist it.
Do you want to know what the truth is? Temptation is like a wave. It builds. Its power…its size…it builds. Stonger and bigger…bigger and stronger. And when it is at its highest of heights and strongest of strengths is when you feel like you can’t take one more second. It is when you feel so weak and you start hearing the lies that you will always feel like this.
That is the moment you have to lean on truth. Lean into God’s word. Pray. Ask friends to pray. Cry. Pitch a toddler size fit in your bedroom if you want to. Go ahead…feel bad for yourself. Lay yourself down at the feet of Jesus. You won’t be the first to lay there while your tears wash His feet.
But don’t give in. That wave will crest. And with the strength of Christ you can ride it out. You don’t have to let it take you under.
When the wave meets the shore you find rest. Will the wave return? Of course it will. But now you know you can ride it instead of wiping out in it. Now you meet that wave with new endurance and strength. Now you know the arguments of the flesh are all lies. So, you don’t even argue.
You just ride.
Balanced. Strengthened. Looking at the shore ahead.
Surf’s up, friend. Let’s ride.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.
2 Corinthians 12:9-11
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.