It's Friday darlings and I can hardly believe it!

This has been a rough week, but it has not been without some great highlights like these beautifully delicious, Fall pancakes that I made along with a couple of of my mom's recipes. What can I say, in this household we love good food! Today, for Friday's faith post, I would like to talk about temptation and how we respond to God's invitation to fight it. Here are 5 verses that have helped me in my journey and that constantly give me hope and strength. 

To be tempted is not a sin, it is rather an invitation to sin that we choose to accept or not. I think this was monumental for me to understand in my journey with God because sometimes I would feel guilty about the thoughts that would suddenly come to my mind or of the opportunities that were presented to me that I knew would not bring me any good. 

We've all been there, at that crucial point of decision; choosing between following our impulses, our thoughts, our present desires or resisting for our own good. I really like this video about this subject, you may enjoy it as well. 

1. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

When getting to know God, one of the first and most difficult things to do is to learn to trust him. But once we understand that He has our own good in mind, this verse can only add hope and bring us the peace that no matter how I am tempted, it will never be above what I can handle. I have certainly sometimes felt like God was overestimating my strength because the temptations seemed too appealing, too hard to resist. But after resisting, I realized that in Him I am stronger than I think. 

2. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. (James 1:13,14)

Not everyone is tempted by the same things, but each one of us has a weakness and it is through that that particular area that we will be tempted. As we grow and get deeper in our journey of knowing our Creator, our hearts start to be changed and our desires as well. That is why, with time, the things that at some point may have been a stumbling block may now seem insignificant. 

3. 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (...) For when I am weak, then I am strong.

This is crazy-powerful secret that may be often overlooked. Sometimes in the face of temptation, we may feel like we must be "Superwoman" or "Superman", confronting certain things as opposed to walking away from them or simply admitting that we can't do it on our own. God is not asking us to be super people, instead, He reminds us that when we are out of strength and resources, we can turn to Him because His strength can shine through in our moment of weakness. 

4. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

Most of my temptations and battles start in my mind and this passage constantly reminds me that my thinking patterns must consistently be renewed. In order to empty my mind I must put something new in it and what I choose to renew my mind with could be anything. However, I choose to fill my mind the Word of God, positivity, and truth. 

5. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrew 4:14-16)

God is my source of strength in my darkest moments and when I have a need or when I do fail, I have a place to go with confidence. 

Have a great weekend beautiful people! 

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