October is magical. The leaves change colors, the weather cools down, and stores begin stocking copious amounts of individually wrapped candies.
As we all know, these delightful treats are hard to resist. Retailers estimate that Americans buy nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year. Although these sweets are purchased primarily for trick-or-treaters, many households have to replenish their supplies before the 31st rolls around.
While it is true that few can ignore the siren call of Halloween candy, a craving for unhealthy food isn’t the only desire people need to control. Many fall victim to the allure of unnecessary shopping, idle gossip, casual sex, unrighteous anger, and a number of other enticements. While individuals may feel their battle to ignore certain urges is unique, the truth is that temptation is a universal experience.
Nobody ever plans to eat an entire pint of ice cream or lose their temper with their children. Even though we make a conscious effort to always say, eat, and do the right thing, moments of weakness are inevitable. When our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are not being met, it becomes increasingly difficult to regulate our actions.
A great way to resist temptation is to remember the three As: Admit, Avoid, and Ask. Once you admit there is a problem, it is necessary to avoid your vice. Asking friends and family to help you stay strong is also a helpful way to fight your urges. Better yet, look to Heaven for your strength.
In 1 Corinthians 10:13, the apostle Paul promises that “God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.”
Halloween candy may be delicious, but it isn’t nearly as sweet as the feeling of overcoming temptation.
VantagePoint Church meets at Roosevelt High School on Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.