Friday, October 4, 2013

Life is a grocery store full of temptation!

Life is like going into a grocery store, you start out with a budget, and come out with more than we bargained for! I Corinthians 10:13

Life does have many choices, a tremendous amount of products to choose from. As we enter the grocery store of life, we have been given a budget, a shopping list to go by. On our list is love, trust, right, wrong, sharing, caring, selflessness, humility, hope and extra measure of joy.  But somehow as we walk the aisles of life we are distracting with the many other delicacies we pass by.

Temptation, lust, dishonesty, hate, bitterness, selfishness, pride, anger, discontentment, jealousy, and oh of course some Oreo cookies for that sweet tooth. We go into life's store with the best intentions, yet come out with more than we ever bargained for. Did we lose our list? did we not look closely to what we could afford, what our budget could truly handle?

No, we always enter with the right attitude, and then something happens. Something that takes our focus away from the budget. Something that entices us away from what our budget says we can truly afford, temptation! That quick we lose sight of the budget, we start grabbing those things that have no benefit, things that can only, temporally satisfy!

We come out looking in our cart and begin shaking our head and asking the questions. How did I go in with a list, a budget, a plan, and come out with all this added stuff I do not really need? What happened, I was so organized, I was bound and determined not to exceed what I could not truly afford? The answer, temptation. It sneaks up on you if you are not better prepared.

If you are not humble, or focused on the One who prepared the budget, and you decide you know what's best, and you deserve more. Temptation has you. It's won, you gave into it's desires and it has cost you more than you have to give. Is there a way out? Can I get this debt off my back and get back to the budget I began with? Yes you can, you are not alone.

First know this, God gave His Son to pay your debt. If you do not know Him, you can today. Call to Him, ask him to be Lord of your life. Ask Him to please take those things off your list that you cannot pay for. To lift the burden of debt and set you free! To put you on His budget list with the cost He has taken care of!

If you know Him already as Lord, come to Him. Confess to Him you got off budget, you strayed from the list and you need to get your check book back in balance and your account restored. Remembering that God has made a way to defeat temptation and it's enticements.

"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." I Corinthians 10:13