Rationalizations can be deadly, but there is a way out: God’s grace. When we recognize temptation for what it is and acknowledge we cannot beat it on our own, God enters in and gives us what we need to succeed. It is all a matter of whom we trust. If we trust ourselves alone, we go down in flames. If we trust God, the author of grace, we find the strength to resist temptation and live a Godly life. As Jesus says to Satan at the end of his temptations, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve God alone” (Matthew 4:10). God alone is what we need to get through any temptation: the appeal of utility, beauty, wisdom, fruit, even donuts!
- Genesis 2:15-17 - 3:1-7