12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
-To indulge the flesh is human nature, but why does that have to be the order of the day? Strive for better things. Strive to exist in the very presence of temptation and keep your resolve. Not to prove how special you are, but because that is the example we learn from Christ. Christ looked into the face of hunger and still said “No” to food. (Matthew 4) Christ looked into the face of pain and torture and still said, “nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22) Christ looked into the faces of His enemies and killers and still said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23) Of course Jesus can do these things, He’s God; but the Biblical truth that so many of us seem to forget is that, in Him, we can do these things too. (Philippians 4:13)