“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity…Then the tempter approached Him…”
I Corinthians 10:13a/Matthew 4:3a
Temptations are everywhere. The tempter also is everywhere. We need to be on guard at all times and in all places. Paul writes to the church at Ephesus, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.” (6:11) Paul goes on the say that our battles are not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. (vs. 12)
My friends, these words are not only for “those people” in Ephesus in AD 62, but for all people in all times, including today! We need to take heed and beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Temptations come in all sorts of forms. They come disguised as work, friends, food, riches, prominence, all sorts of risks, and even fun. Anything that can get your mind off God, Satan will turn on his charms and tempt you. He will even use relationships. We need to use as our example of resistance the words of Jesus– “Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” Matthew 4:10.
We need to put on the full armor of God—truth like a belt; righteousness like armor on your chest; sandals of peace on your feet; always put on the shield of faith on your chest—(protect your heart); on your head the helmet of salvation (protect your mind); and in your hand the sword of the Spirit (God’s Holy Word, the Bible). Then cover it all with skin—prayer for all the saints (believers). (Ephesians 6:10-20)
Doing all this will keep the tempter at bay. But, be assured he is waiting for a small crack in your armor to enter in. Be on your guard. Live in the fear of the Lord, obeying His commands and spending time with Him every day. Even if temptations do overtake you there is nothing God cannot overcome. His word says, “…He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape, so that you are able to bear it. “ (I Corinthians 10:13b)
Lastly, Paul writes to the church at Corinth—and to you and me—“Whoever thinks he stands must be careful not to fall.” (I Corinthians 10:12) You may like to have fun, there is nothing wrong with fun, but it can also become an idol and turn your face from God. And at this point, it is a disguise to use up the time that you should be spending with God. “Do not have other gods beside Me. Do not make an idol for yourself…” (Exodus 20:3, 4a) says the Lord.
Dear Lord, make me obedient to Your Word. Show me how You want me to live my life. Honor and glory are Yours, Heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen