We’re all tempted by something. It’s proof of being alive. If you’re not tempted, you’re not breathing.
So the question isn’t, “Are you tempted?” The question is, “What are you doing about it?”
The key to overcoming temptation isn’t to resist it. You need to replace temptation, not resist it. Whatever you resist, persists.
You might be thinking, “Doesn’t the Bible say, ‘resist temptation’?”
The Bible tells us to “resist the devil” (James 4:7 NIV). We’re to resist the tempter, not the temptation.
When I was a little kid, my mom would make chocolate chip cookies, usually before dinner. When I would go up to the table to look at them, my mom would say, “Don’t you eat those cookies, Ricky.”
“I’m not, Mom. I’m just smelling them.” Of course, right?
But those warm, freshly baked cookies had my attention.
That’s where a lot of people are when they come to Celebrate Recovery®. Something has their attention. Maybe it’s alcohol. Maybe it’s sex. Maybe it’s codependent behaviors. Maybe it’s shopping.
Or maybe it’s chocolate chip cookies.
And here’s the worst part: Whatever gets our attention, gets us. The Bible tells us in James 1 that whatever gets…Continue Reading