How can I block temptations and focus on deeper desires?
Where do we look for help to deal with temptations? How do we block out the daily temptations that plague our lives? Are we dealing with a bad habit or addiction?
While God allows us to experience temptations, He never gives us more than we can bear. He will provide us with the means to overcome our bad habits, guiding us with his grace through prayer. The sacrament of penance can help us in our struggle to overcome a bad habit. In confession, we receive not only absolution, but graces from God to resist giving into the same temptations over and over again. We should note the importance of seeking God’s help when tempted to eat that extra piece of cake, take another drink, or smoke another cigarette. Remember to “Let Go and Let God!”
We are reminded of God’s mercy and forgiveness when we hear the father of the possessed boy pray for Jesus to cast out the demons that torment his young son:
“I do believe, help my unbelief!” (Mk 9: 24).