My Own Worst Enemy

Everyone has a favorite food. What’s yours?
Imagine being on a diet and not being able to eat your favorite food. It would be easy for a little while, but eventually you would hunger for it and think about it all the time. You might even go by the local burger place just to remember how much you miss those greasy cheeseburgers. You just feel drawn to the place and can’t seem to stop yourself. Inside, you might feel like there’s a battle going on. You want to do the right thing (like resist the greasy cheeseburger) but it’s so hard to resist the wrong things. You’re not alone. The apostle Paul felt the same way.
Romans 7:18-19 says,
 “And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.” (NLT)
How did Paul feel?
What is your reaction to these verses?
When was the last time you felt this way? What were you struggling with?
Could we be struggling because we don’t want to give up our own desires? I once heard someone say, “If you are on an ice cream diet, don’t sit in front of the ice cream shop.” Sounds silly, but is that what we’re doing when it comes to temptation?
Are we feeding the wrong desires?
God wants us to always examine our motives. Sometimes, we can be our own worst enemy by putting ourselves in front of stuff we should not be around.