One afternoon my 3 year old son tells me he needs to go to the bathroom. After sometime in there he calls me to help him in the bathroom. Being that he's potty trained I'm a bit puzzled about what he needs help with, as I'm on my way to the bathroom I ask him what he needs help with and he say, “I just need help!” I walk towards the bathroom and he greets me at the door with completely soiled bottoms and a large puddle behind him. Yes, he had an accident in his pants in the bathroom. I immediately began to question him quite frustrated by what has just happened, I asked him “what did you do?” “Why did you go to the bathroom in your pants?” He replies “Because I wanted to!” This is definitely not the response I was hoping for. I could understand him not making it to the bathroom quick enough, or perhaps his undies got in the way; but not deliberately relieving himself in his pants while in the bathroom. My son doesn't understand all that is going to have to be done after he's made his decision to do what he wanted. All he knows is he made this mess from making a bad decision.
How many times have we done things because we wanted to?
Or made a bad decision? Plenty of times. We’ve all done it and have said the same phrase my son did, “Because I wanted to!” However when we make these choices we don't think about the mess God is going to have to clean-up after! We are tempted on a daily basis to do whatever we want to do. We know the right thing to do, just like my son knows how to use the bathroom. Yet we often do our own thing, and find ourselves in a messy situation needing God to clean us up!
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” - 1 Corinthians 10:13
Something so key about this verse is the word ability. Our ability to control ourselves in those moments of temptation is already in us. That's the definition of ability! Think about that for a moment, you already posses within you the means to overcome any moment of temptation! That's good news!
When we accept Christ as our savior the Holy Spirit dwells within us; Galatians chapter 5 tells us the fruits of the Spirit, one of them being self-control! You've got the power to come out on top. The temptations you face everyday don't stand a chance against the power that works within you.
“…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” - 1 John 4:4
Any temptation you face in this world is no match for the Holy Spirit inside of you. We must tap into this power in order to see success over our temptations. Are you giving into your’s? Has self-control gone out the window? Is it possible you're leaving a trail of disaster for God to clean-up? Then today it's time to get in touch with the power of the Holy Spirit placed inside of you to overcome!