Avoiding Food Temptations
Being tempted is not a sin in any area, but the more we are tempted the greater the chance that we will succumb. There is a neuroscience reason behind this—it uses up our “mental energy” to not give in to a temptation. Because of this it is wise to try to avoid temptations to begin with.
Make no provision for the flesh
There’s a bible verse that is near to this topic:But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Rom. 13:14 KJV
One really big way to not make provision for the flesh or to help yourself in avoiding food temptations is to not bring the forbidden foods into the house from the grocery store to begin with. Do not purchase the foods that you’ve determined are off your diet or that you know make you gain weight.
Another way to avoid food temptations is to not attend certain functions that you know will have a lot of forbidden foods. I am not talking about your son’s or your granddaughter’s birthday parties, I mean the umpteenth office party or even the bible study that serves way too many sweets of junk food. You don’t really have to attend everything you are invited to. You don’t really have to attend every meeting of that organization that you belong to. Even “Aunt Irene’s” weekly family dinner—do you need to go every week? No.
Keep that junk food out of sight. If you have to have some “bad” food around for some reason (like if a family member insists) or it just IS where you are, get it out of your sight. Either move the food into a cupboard, or walk a different way around the office or drive a different route home…do what ever you need to do depending on the circumstances.
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(c) 2012 Cheryl Cope