In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
July 13, 2007 – The Struggle With Temptation – 1 Corinthians 10:13
No matter what form temptation takes in our life, Satan uses a fairly standard process to get us off track. And it’s as effective as ever.
First, we begin to think about the object of our desire. We play with it in our minds. We imagine how we would feel if it were ours. Even though God may shower countless blessings on us, it’s interesting that we always seem to focus on the one thing we don’t have. It’s important to ask the question: Could the Enemy be trying to redirect my focus?
Remember, Satan wants to alienate us from God. He wants us to take our eyes off the Lord. Then, he can lead us to temptation by causing us to focus on our selfish interests.
Second, the tempting thought builds until it finally gives way to full-blown desire. This intense longing is the result of our unchecked imagination. We’re no longer content simply to enjoy the object in our mind. Now, we must actually have it.
The third way Satan gets us off track is when the desire leads to a choice. Here is where we make the decision to give in to the sin or lay it down.
Through the Holy Spirit, we have the ability and the power to walk away from temptation. We’re never helpless to escape the situation, no matter how much momentum has built.
Do you feel powerless to stop a growing temptation? Stand firm against Satan’s tactics by understanding the nature of this gradual process.
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