The newness of Lent has worn off and now it is time to head into the long days of commitment to change. I don’t know about you, but I have been tempted more than usual to return to old patterns since making this commitment for Lent. The Enemy does not like it when we change, and tends to put on the “full court press” in order to get us to stumble.
One of the tools of the enemy is to get us to justify addictive behavior. Especially when we have done a good job for a stint of saying no to choices that keep Jesus from being the center of our lives. Once we have gone a few days or weeks of making good choices the voices creep in that we somehow deserve to return to our old ways. There is a prayer that I pray each morning that says, “I pray for an attitude today that I do not have the right to be sinful, to act sinful.” That’s what it often boils down to for me, convincing myself that I have the right because I have done a good job of making good choices for a few days or weeks.
So as we head into a new day, a new week, let’s pray together that we would not give into the temptation to believe that we have the right to be sinful or act sinful. The Enemy is cunning, but the Lord has given us to strength to overcome all temptation.