The Devil Can't Make You Do It, But He'll Certainly Try.

First post--no pressure, right? I decided to kick things off by exploring the Feeding Demons tagline and why it's so important, because seriously, it's crucial.

Image credit: Davide Restivo

Image credit: Davide Restivo

Nobody buys the tired old excuse "the devil made me do it" because really, he doesn't. We each have free will; the freedom to choose and make our own decisions. The problem is that in embracing the concept of free will, we seem to have forgotten the fact that the devil is still trying. He is trying very hard and judging by the increasing trends in obesity, he is doing quite well. 

So why would Satan bother trying to tempt us with unhealthy foods? Because he wants us sick and miserable. I might be skinny, but I'm just as guilty as the next person of gorging on too much food. I know how good that chocolate cake tastes while it's dancing on your taste buds; I know what it sounds like to tell yourself, "just one more bite and then I'm done." I know the feeling of that fork taking on a mind of its own, continuing to shovel bite after bite into your mouth. Yes, I've been there. So I also know how it feels to finally push the plate away; stomach painfully bloated as those horrible feelings of disappointment and self-disgust wash over you. The physical repercussions will sit with you the rest of the day, sometimes the next. Bloating, indigestion, heartburn, nausea, sugar crashes, grogginess--there's no denying it, overindulgence will leave you feeling sick and miserable. Score one for the bad guy.

It's no secret that temptation has long been a tried and true method for the enemy. We are highly susceptible to it--and if it ain't broke, don't fix, right? The devil isn't dumb, he's not reinventing the wheel; he's just using whatever vice, whatever weakness we have to accomplish his goals. When you think of it that way, you almost can't blame the guy for trying.

Here's the good news: Satan holds no power. None. He can't make you do it. 

"But then why do I struggle? Why can't I make better choices?" you might wonder. Here is my question to you: Did you ever think, even for a passing second, that such evil forces could be behind your poor eating habits? I'm guessing not. We like to blame fats, calories, genetics, restaurants, you name it--and the entire time the real culprit has been sitting there with a big grin on his face, yet you had no clue. That's hardly a fair fight.

So now you know. And knowing that the devil is trying to thwart you should actually embolden you. Knowledge is power; being aware of his evil tactics gives you the upper hand. You can defend yourself, deflect his shots, and reach for the prize. Game on.

Need some scripture? Check out 1 Peter 5:8-9, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world."

In what ways is the enemy tempting you? Comment and share so we don't have to fight alone.