Growing up I felt I had strong morals and values, thanks to my parents and grandparents. I had enough respect for myself that I never felt pressured to do what “everyone else” was doing. I didn’t want to be “everyone else” anyway. I was happy being me.
I graduated high school without any questions about whether or not I had ever drank, smoked or engaged in sexual activity. That just wasn’t my thing. I was never asked to. I never wanted to. I was focused on my grades and making my parents proud. Call me goodie two shoes if you must, I’ve heard it all before, but I wasn’t perfect.
At some point I found myself in that exchange of God’s rich truth for the enemy’s cheap, tainted lie. Like Eve, I chose to answer when the Spirit said “walk away”. And my life was forever changed.
I’ll save the details of what I endured for another time. I’ll just say this, once you’re lured by sin and that exchange of truth for lies is made, only God can break the chains. The enemy does not negotiate. His motive is to destroy you, by any means necessary. Those lies that the enemy fed me were to keep me from the truth. The truth is that the greatest and purest relationship I would ever have is found in God.
Whatever temptation you’re facing, run to the arms of the One who loves you. He will help you with a way out. That’s His promise.
“Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 GNB