Today, I would like you to consider this: Long-term goals are easily lost by today’s temptations. The Apostle Paul shared three areas of temptation. The first is idols. What does this mean for us today? I define Idols using the classical meaning of materialism, which is when people think the only thing that exists, matters, or is worth their attention, is only what they can see or feel.
The next temptation is to give into the flesh. This means a pattern of giving in and giving up. For example, I just give in to watching TV all day long or buying gadgets I can’t afford. This behavior turns into a pattern of continuous giving in. Yes, I might have long-term goals, but I’m just going to give up on that. It’s a vicious cycle. The final area of temptation is grumbling. The voice of grumbling says, “It wasn’t my fault; it’s everyone else’s fault.” Haven’t we all heard this before? Another word for grumbling in the Bible is stiff-necked or hard-hearted. It’s a diminished life of your own making that you blame others for.
Friend, you may ask, “How can I work my way out of these temptations?” Please know that God’s plan for you facing temptation is to convert you into a conqueror! We can become people who care for others before idolizing our possessions. We can spend time with a friend in need instead of being on social media all day. In God’s view, it is never too late for you to overcome temptations and become a conqueror.