If you haven’t eaten for a long time and you’re desperately hungry, when given a big piece of chocolate cake with lashings of cream, you’re going to devour the lot, no questions asked!

However, if you’ve just had a big 3 course meal, that same slab of chocolate cake is not going to look anywhere near as appealing – in fact the thought of it will probably make you sick!

It’s the same when it comes to being tempted by things that are bad for us. If we haven’t filled up on the good things (reading, praying, mediating, listening to Christian music etc etc) we’ll naturally fall for the slightest temptation that comes our way. However if we have been filling up on the good things (Phil 4:8), the bad stuff isn’t going to look anywhere near as tempting – in fact even the thought of it might make us feel sick!!

Are you experiencing the above in certain areas of your own life. It can be so true can’t it! It also helps to make sense of passages like 1 John 3:9-10 (which is so often explained away…) “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, he cannot go on sinning…” and Romans 8:5-11 “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires: but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires….”

By Anna Ryder