Let’s face it, temptation is very real and it effects every single one of us everyday. It does not matter how long you have been a Christian or how good of a Christian you think you are, it will find you.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:12-14
Temptation knocks at all of our doors, multiple times a day. Whether you are tempted with sex, drugs, alcohol, lying, cheating, or anything else that is not God’s plan for you or is not used to Glorify Him, it will come knocking. So how do you handle it? Do you answer the door or do you turn off all the lights act like it can’t see you in the window? The way you handle it, could be the difference between victory or victim. Victory being that we recognize the temptation as a trap of the enemy and walk away. Victim being giving in to the temptation and falling into the trap of the enemy and ending up in sin.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:13)
When Jesus tells the disciples how to pray, He says that we are to pray not to be led into temptation. What He is saying is that we should in fact pray that exactly, we should pray that we will not be led into temptation. When we pray this, I believe God uses the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts and our actions and He allows us to be aware. He empowers us. And that is a daily, sometimes hourly battle. So stay in prayer and stay empowered.
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)
None of us want to give into temptation. Jesus understands that, in fact, in the verse above He has asked the disciples to keep watch and pray. He had taken the disciples to Gethsemane, He began to be very troubled, knowing what was coming (He was about to be arrested). So He went up to pray. He returned to find them sleeping. You see, the disciples were always willing to follow Jesus, just as most of us are, but just like them our spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. We get into trouble when we get comfortable and think we have the enemy figured out and when we think we have our walk down. We more often times then not, are about to fall flat on our face, as the Bible warns us. (1 Corinthians 10:12)
Temptation is a fact of life while we live here on this earth. Even Jesus was tempted. However, He is the only one who did not fall prey to Satan’s trap. So how do we guard ourselves that we don’t fall prey too? As always, Jesus is our example. (Matthew 4: 1-11) He guarded Himself with the Truth of the Word and stayed in prayer. However, be very careful. Satan knows the Word of God too and loves to twist and distort it. So study and know the Word inside and out that he can’t twist and distort the Truth to make you fall. Compare everything you read, hear and see to the Word of God and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the Truth.
Here is a fact. You will stumble and you will fall. We are all human. We are born of sin and like the verse above states, our spirit is more than willing, but our flesh is weak. When you do fall, don’t let the enemy have the victory. Don’t let that keep you from what God has for you. Don’t let that one fall cause you to roll down the hill. What am I saying? I am saying that while we are human and we will fall, don’t let it consume you. All you have to do is repent and ask God to forgive you and ask Him to strengthen you and teach you so that you won’t fall prey again to that sin. The longer we wait to repent, the more the enemy will lie to you saying, “you are not worthy for God to forgive you”. That is a lie… God is always willing and promises to forgive us. We are His children through the Blood of Christ. He wants nothing more than to have a close, intimate relationship with you. So don’t let the enemy make you think otherwise. When we do fall, God is always there to help us back up and will restore and renew. For the Bible says His Mercy is made new everyday.
Challenge: Find your weakness and ask God to reveal those you can not see, then guard yourself. Rebuke the lies of the enemy with the Truth of God’s Word. If you have fallen into the trap of temptation by giving into it, today God wants you to know that you can and will be forgiven. All you have to do is ask! It is a daily process. It is a daily battle. The War has already been Won through Jesus Christ. Don’t let the enemy continue to lie to you!