Here We Go Again! #TraditionallySouthside

Well, she did it again. Hayes, my granddaughter, did it again. I’m thinking about calling it “Breakfast Blessings” or something like that. Maybe “God’s Grand Theology Through One of His Greatest Gifts – Grandchildren.” I don’t know, I think the title may need some work. Any suggestions?

Here it is. I was finishing up my morning routine for getting dressed, when I get a text message from my kitchen. Actually, the text message was from my daughter, Hayes’ mother, who was in my kitchen. She said that Hayes was very excited about a new theology that she had discovered. Now understand, I am always a little skeptical about new theologies, but this was coming from my granddaughter, so it had to be good. I hurriedly finished dressing and went into the kitchen where, in between bites of Cocoa Krispies, Hayes explained this new theology. It came from the back of a box of cereal – my cereal, the Special K Chocolatey Delight from which she took more of my pieces of chocolate, but I digress.

She pointed it out to me while munching on the chocolate version of Snap, Crackle, and Pop. It said, “A new way to conquer temptation.” Wow! On a box of cereal. That would be a great new theology, wouldn’t it? So what did it say? Prayer and fasting? No, that wouldn’t be a new way. Spending time in God’s Word? No, that wouldn’t be a new way. Going to church every time the door is open? No, that wouldn’t be a new way. So what was this new way to conquer temptation? Buy a box of Special K Protein Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crunch, and when those cravings hit, pour yourself a bowl and eat it. Wait. What? I’m sorry, but when that craving for a chocolate candy bar hits, I’m not going to pour myself of bowl of protein cereal. Well, I might pour me a bowl, eat it, and then have the chocolate candy bar, too. At least then I can feel good about getting more protein, right?

Here’s the deal. I’ve only found one successful way to deal with temptations – just say no. That’s right. Just say no! It sounds much easier than it really is, but that’s what Jesus did. Remember what happened following His baptism. The Holy Spirit drove Him into the wilderness where He fasted for forty days and forty nights. At the end of that time, He was tired, weak, and hungry – the prime time for temptation to hit. The devil shows up, and begins to tempt Him. In fact, the Bible later says that He was tempted in every possible way that you and I are ever tempted, and do you know how Jesus overcame each temptation? He said, “No!” He was tired and hungry, but He said no. How could He do it? The same way that you and I can do it – by spending time fasting, praying, and studying/memorizing God’s Word. When we hide it in our hearts, it gives us the power to overcome temptation. By the way, God’s Word promises that when temptation comes, God has given us a way out or a way over. We can either escape temptation or we can overcome it. We are to flee when the temptations come, or when we cannot flee, we turn to the Word hidden in our hearts and we just say, “No!”

And that, my friends, is Bampy’s Breakfast Blessings for today! Kind of catchy, don’t you think? By the way, Bampy is what my granddaughters call me, in case you didn’t know.

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