Mar
17

Seduced by Key Lime Pie: 11 Keys to Overcoming Temptation

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I was only three feet inside the door of the grocery store when it happened. “Want to try our Key Lime Pie?” the woman asked. And there it was. Those little plastic cups with samples. Bait, really.  And the psychology is fabulous. If you can only get the consumer to taste the product, if it’s good enough it will sell itself.

And so it did.

The absurd thing is that I don’t really even like Key Lime Pie.

I almost declined the offer, but I was ravished. The day had been busy. I’d just never gotten around to eating much and now here I was, in the grocery store, starving.

2 + 2 + 4. It’s that simple. A hungry woman plus a store full of food (and free samples) equals less than stellar choices.

“I’ll just take the edge off my hunger,” I reasoned. After all, I don’t really even like Key Lime Pie so it won’t really be a big deal. I’ll just eat one bite.”

The pretty bright green filling with the peaks of white whipped cream garnished with almonds and toasted coconut pleased my eyes. That little bitty spoon and tiny weeny cup looked so innocent.

I took the bait and scooped the pie into my mouth.

“Hmm, not bad for a store bakery made pie,” I thought. “Actually, it’s rather good.”  My next miniscule bite led me to, “This is awesome. I think I’ll buy one.” Needing a more legitimate reason than my desire, I thought, “I bet Anna Laura (my daughter-in-law who is expecting) would like this because she loves sour stuff. I even think Andrew (my oldest son) would eat it. Eddie (my husband) loves pies and although Key Lime is not his favorite, I think he’ll love this one. Elliott (my middle son) will eat some. The whole pie will be eaten and I will only eat just a little slice.”

I proceeded straight over to the bakery, found the Key Lime Pies, and plopped the $6.99 pie right into my grocery basket. I mean, it was literally the first item to go in my basket. And it was downhill from there.

Arriving home a few minutes later, still hungry, I opened the pie for “just a bite”.  We were planning to grill out in a bit but I was hungry now. One bite lead to another and before I knew it, I’d finished off a rather large slice of a pie I didn’t even like, lol.

I peddled the pie to everyone at the house and much to my chagrin, everyone but Eddie declined.

Commenting the next day on how the number on my scales had gone up instead of down, I reasoned that it didn’t make a lot of sense. I hadn’t really eaten that much the day before. Then somewhere from the back of my brain (or it could have been the Holy Spirit), I remembered, “Oh, the Key Lime Pie.”

Later I reflected on what a perfect picture of entering into temptation that my Key Lime Pie adventure had been.

A lack of focus + busyness + minimization + rationalization + provision for my flesh + ignoring what I knew to be true = something very contrary to my intentions.

Hook, line, and sinker, I’d taken the bait and was caught by the evil Key Lime Pie, or could it have been my own flesh?

Now being a teacher at heart, I have to pause and tell you that there are varying kinds of temptation which need to be dealt with in different ways but this kind, the temptation of the flesh, has only one answer. Denial.

Flesh has to be crucified (Gal 5:24). You can’t feed it Key Lime Pie. It will only want more as testified by the fact that I myself have eaten almost an entire pie in less than two days. A pie I “don’t even like”. (Well, my husband helped.)

And while a two day journey into the world of Key Lime Pie may seem rather benign, God reminded me of the basics of dealing with temptation.

1. Guard your eyes (Job 31:1; Genesis 3:6).

2. Walk away. Run if you have to (2 Timothy 2:22; Genesis 39:12; Proverbs 6:27).

3. Do not, and I repeat, do not, take the first bite. Flesh cannot be trusted to moderate its wrong choices (Romans 13:14).

4. Be aware of the power of fleshly desires and the enemy’s plans to exploit them (James 1:15).

5. Remember that our flesh and our enemy will minimize and rationalize and ignore the truth in order to get us to take the first bite.

6. It’s easier to take a second bite and a third and eat the whole pie once you’ve allowed the flavors to dance around in your flesh.

7. Pleasure was God’s idea. There are legitimate ways to fill legitimate God-given desires. God gives us choices. Hunger is not bad. It just needs to be filled with the things that truly satisfy. Satan plots to deceive us with illegitimate ways of getting our needs met (Genesis 2:16).

8. Sin has inherent consequences (Eat a Key Lime Pie. Gain a pound. Waste $6.99).

9. Don’t allow your flesh to set your agenda. Be led by the Spirit. God always gives us a way out if we will look and listen (Galatians 5:16).

10.Take note of your vulnerabilities. Know yourself (Matthew 26:35).

11. Know your battlefield and be aware of the danger if you enter it (whether it’s the bakery full of Key Lime Pie or the computer full of porn or the bar full of liquor, James 1:14).

A simple mission to purchase ingredients for one little recipe ended one hundred dollars and one extra pound later. I sure wish I’d just kept walking by that “free” Key Lime Pie.

I am reminded of what the great preacher, Adrian Rogers, used to say, “Sin will always take you further than you want to go. Sin will keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”

Free pie is never really free.

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  1. Jehu Mamven says:

    This is a great piece of information that is very important in order to do what God wants us to do. Resisting the devil and fleeing. Thanks.

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