Temptations are good for You! (Devotional)

Have you ever gifted someone something that you later on asked to be returned you? Similarly, when we choose to do what we would rather do instead of letting the LORD have His way with us, it’s like we’re asking God to return the words we lifted up to Him in prayer or praise. Are you ever tempted to take back your words long after your passion for God fizzled or are you ever just tempted to live as if Jesus never touched your heart? It’s okay if you say “No, not lately”, but can you at least relate?

This post will not be what you probably expect it to be but I do have a point. I definitely had those moments when Christianity wasn’t my daily lifestyle and even a few instances years later when I finally committed. I had been so confident to say “never again” and sure enough there I’d be wishing I hadn’t made that vow whether it was because it bruised my ego or made me feel unworthy. I hated my temptations. And I can’t remember exactly what tangible thing I gave to a loved one and then took back, but I’m almost positive I’ve done it at least once as well as the fact that I’ve probably been a victim of this unfairness too.

I’ve read from a devotional a few years ago that it doesn’t matter how long a Christian has been on the journey; there will come times of temptation to want to live as one had lived before they gave their life to Christ. Satan’s good at shaking his victims around, and it begins with little nudges that become persistent overtime.


But you are wrong. If you’re only concerned about your weaknesses, he’s got you where he wants you — blind-sighted.

Luke 4:13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Scary, no? But I’m not afraid. You shouldn’t either. At least not right now. God is the only One whom you must fear. It’s your fear of the LORD that gives you wisdom (Proverbs 9:10), because I believe if you fear anything else, many things will terrify you. I just know that whatever comes my way, I am a better person today than I was then, and it’s because I’ve chosen to make a habit of looking at my temptations a different way.

1 Peter 4:12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.



If you’ve been hating, blaming, or running away and fearing your temptations, then they can absolutely ruin you and your mental health/emotional well-being. It’s time to change our views about them. Let me explain. TEMPTATIONS ARE PART OF A HEALTHY SPIRITUAL WALK. God allows them because they contribute to how He will be disciplining you. Remember the LORD loves so much to correct wrongdoing. What parent’s love comes without discipline and how much more with the Father’s? If you recognize temptations and what its goal is, that means you acknowledge your relationship with Jesus, and so they can actually build you up so long as you respond with the right attitude.

James 1:13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;

The right attitude is stepping back and paying close attention to where those temptations could possibly lead you and exactly how the outcome of giving in can mess with your thoughts and feelings later on. There would be no need for a right attitude/response if temptations do not do their part in testing you, and therefore there would be no acknowledgement of victory and moreover, growth, and furthermore, blessings and praises. So yes, God is responsible for allowing this, but He is also the one responsible for rewarding and equipping you with a little bit more confidence and resilience you can put to work the next time you are ever tempted again. But how can you teach yourself not to give in when you forget He’s already equipped you? You must practice by being thankful for them.

Here are 3 reasons to be grateful for your temptations:

  1. THEY BUILD YOUR CHARACTER. They help strengthen your convictions whether you give in or not. They will absolutely strengthen your convictions more than break you if after giving in to those temptations your repentance is genuine and you thanked God for that test/trial, because now you have even more hate for your sins (not temptations), and now you value obedience towards God even more.

  2. THEY ARE NOT SINS. They attack your mind posing as ungodly desires that have not yet become sins. Your awareness is key. The more aware you are that it is only a test/trial, the more successful you will be at remembering to surrender them to God. But the more aware you are of how good it makes you feel, then your tendency to be entertained by them will more likely lead you to commit to the next step, which is sinning.

  3. WITHOUT THEM DISCIPLINE HAS NO VALUE. Think about it, it’s because of where temptations have led us in the past that we choose and want to choose better for ourselves. So the more temptations you have the more God is saying “This is good for you because you will be trained by it”. The LORD’S love comes with much discipline and He sure does love us a lot!

Self-control is ineffective and not long lasting unless there was a specific moment in the temptation when the situation was handed over to God. If He was not acknowledged enough in the struggle, the habit you are trying to control will control you. “Will I choose to take God’s grace for granted or can this growth opportunity really bless me right now?”


Galatians 5:17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

At the moment of temptation, pay attention to where your heart leans more towards — the desire to glorify God or the desire to glorify your feelings? Remember, Satan nudges by using your feelings. Temptation becomes sin at the moment when the spirit is quenched because the flesh is fulfilled by our participation to commit. PUT YOUR FAITH ABOVE YOUR FEELINGS.


  1. What is something this past week or two that has really challenged my integrity?
  2. If I pay closer attention to any temptations around this, will it help me live with more purpose and passion? How would my life improve if I consistently prayed more about this?
  3. Have I been praying about this and what can I add or say differently in my prayers about this one particular temptation?




Heavenly Father, You’re so good to discipline me using my temptations. Thank you for loving me as I am and I am not even perfect. With Your guidance I know I can always improve. Each temptation is proof to me of your Grace. Forgive me for all the times I have taken your Grace for granted, for focusing on myself and my feelings every time I’ve given in instead of focusing on You. Help me to count it joy that my temptations are chances to humble myself and surrender to You who protects my integrity and my oneness with You. LORD, I ask that You guide me by reminding me of Your presence convicting me to do the right thing as I obey and glorify Your Son when I am faced with temptation again. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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.

By His Grace, Sheela (via sheelaleigh.com)


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I received an anonymous question a few months back on God first God always.

Do you think if a Christian suffers from anxiety they aren’t true Christians?

I thought about what I had said in previous posts. How did this awesome question come about? I honestly would not know what words I would have used if someone asked me that question in person. That’s why I believe I turn to blogging because for some reason, words just like to start coming together in bands that cheer each other on. They make more sense to me as they form convictions, and sometimes I don’t even feel like it’s me writing or typing anymore. I sense as if my fingers seem to think faster than my brain. It’s questions and concerns like this that encourage me to grow. It might sound like a ridiculous question to you but to others hungry for God or just curious, I am satisfied to be that bridge for them to meet with Jesus. If anything I publish confirms your faith in Christ, I am blessed as well too!

I like to believe I learn best when I am blogging and I learn best when I journal. I grow and therefore sound more mature and full of wisdom when I am challenged to answer a question concerning faith because I have the time to think before I publish. My fingers may be fast, but after all that, my favorite part is editing. At least that’s what I’d like to believe. I made a point in the first video that it really doesn’t matter if you’ve been a Christian for years and you still experience anxiety. I believe it’s when you’re in the midst of your anxiety and you know at that moment to turn to God, but you choose not to. It is that deliberate choice that makes it a sin to the one experiencing the struggle. Therefore to answer anon’s question, feeling anxious is generally not a sin, but remaining anxious is. An anxious person who is young in faith or is lukewarm might not know that they are sinning , but that’ is why spiritual growth is important.  I don’t think a Christian is any less a Christian if they live with anxiety because if remaining anxious and not doing anything about it means not trusting God enough, then all other sins for that Christian should make them less of a Christian. A sin is a sin and God is the Just Judge; He does not condemn but convict. Suffering from anxiety is a choice whether Christian or not. A Christian can experience anxiety but don’t have to suffer for it.

I would like you to know I do struggle too. I have anxieties like all normal humans experience. Perhaps maybe even more. And I am that curious kid at heart who would have asked the same question years ago if it only crossed my mind. I got anxious to answer the question when I read it….anxious because I had so many thoughts running through my mind, and I wanted to choose all the words that were jumping anxiously at me. But I waited and settled on a conviction that when my thoughts would finally calm down, God’s guidance would be much clearer, and I would leave the rest to my fingers. I had to dig deep and pray they were the words He trusted me with. The videos don’t get recorded until I’ve meditated ridiculously on what I’ve typed/written otherwise my mouth goes astray.

Why this long intro? I’m convincing myself there has to be some explanation why I have not been consistently making videos and why all of a sudden now it seems as though I am so confident to be back. I have been so guilty not making enough content. Laziness, busyness, bad time management, perfectionism, discouragement, insecurities, and anxieties. I could blame it on so many things and at the same time support my excuses. But nothing is more truer than the fact that I’m always led back to my relationship with Jesus. I’ve regretted making this blog and my channel countless times but I believe the number of times I’ve praised and thanked the LORD is exceeding that number. Hallelujah! Thanks to the anon who asked the question and to all the rest that brought up the topic of anxiety. It has given me life as a vlogger/blogger once again.

Do you think if a Christian Suffers from Anxiety they Aren’t true Christians?

There are 3 behaviors that govern the levels of stress and anxiety a person experiences. Okay, so I didn’t just come up with this. It’s been years of anxiety my brain and body have dealt with and I’ve come to the conclusion that my PRIDE, my INATTENTION (to important matters) or my ATTENTION (to unimportant matters), and my IMPULSIVENESS all have contributed to my woes. Woah, woah, woah! Yes, I am saying you cause your own anxiety. Unless you were diagnosed by a medical doctor, then it might be a bigger problem than the kind of anxiety I am talking about. Our PRIDE, ATTENTION/INATTENTION, and IMPULSIVENESS all affect 5 areas of life, which we must take time to examine. They are:






What Causes Anxiety? (From a perspective of a stubborn Christian – Me)

I believe Christian or not, we will still experience anxiety. However, we can definitely lessen it’s negative effects and practice is all it takes. In my spiritual walk, I’ve learned to be aware of when Satan’s about to shake my world, and even when I fail to avoid that, God’s grace reminds me to surrender in the midst of my struggle. In the episode, I discuss steps to approach this practice.

  1. Know the difference between godly sorrow/worry and worldly sorrow/worry.

  2. Make a list of all your worries and distinguish whether your worries/anxieties are worldly or godly.

  3. Pray about your worldly worries/anxieties.

How to Steer Clear of Anxiety

In this episode, I discuss Scripture for preventing and eliminating anxiety. Here are 3 keywords/points to focus on and apply:




Mini Bible Study – Anxiety

So how do I approach God with my anxiety? How do I pray about it? In this episode, I talk about the importance of prayer and using an acronym (ANXIETY) as a guide.

  • A-doration & apology

  • N-otice whether the worry is worldly or godly

  • X-Explain how you feel & what happened

  • I-ntentionally forgive

  • E-xpress how you hate feeling worried & fearful

  • T-hank God for your anxiety

  • Y-ield to God with praises & end your prayer

How I pray for my Anxiety

The first part of this episode I share a breathing technique that has helped me come down from my stresses. The second part is a detox drink recipe for coping with stress.

Breathing Technique & Detox for Anxiety

Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

1 Peter 5:6-8 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

From my heart to yours. (PDF) 31 Journal Prompts for Managing Anxiety/Depression

By His Grace, Sheela (via sheelaleigh.com)


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