"I am the Bread of Life.
Whoever comes to me will never go hungry,
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
These are Jesus' words to the Samaritan woman at the well. They are Jesus' words to me. And you. This morning, when I turned on my computer, this was the KLOVE verse for today. Right away, I wondered what I was hungry for that I was looking for something or someone other than my Lord to satisfy.
Reading the new Bible study book Set Apart: Discovering Personal Victory Through Holiness has forced me to identify some of my hunger issues. Once identified, I seem to be bombarded with them. Casual conversations take on hidden meanings. Candy I don't even like becomes irresistible to me. (I wonder if Amy has noticed this.)
Whatever it is you struggle with, be it overeating, gossip, inappropriateness of any kind, recognize that your temptation is rooted in a God-given desire. It is only when we seek to satisfy them in ungodly ways that we are crossing a line. Go to the One who can fill you up, confess your weakness, and ask Him to cleanse you of all unrighteousness. When you have done that, you will find that He can meet your needs, and those Hershey's Kisses calling out from the cupboard will be silenced. You will find that you can pray for someone's situation without having to share it with everyone you know for their own good. You will find that you can have a friendship with someone that is truly God-honoring in every way.
Remember, boys and girls, "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to us all. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." 1 Cor 10:13. And this is what I know to be true.