If you watch football, like I do, you know that defense is a term used for the team to defend against the opposing team.
We as believers need to have a defense of our very own. Against our ENEMY…Satan!
He is constantly looking for ways to trip us up! One way…
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (2 Peter 5:8, NIV)
Temptation is something we must comprehend in order to defend. How does temptation originate? It usually starts with a thought. This isn’t an accident…probably an arrow sent by the Satan to derail us.
“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrow of the evil one.” (Eph. 6:16)
If we as believers hold on to that thought, it can become a fantasy…imagining what it would be like to carry out that thought. Emotions are usually entangled with fantasy thus creating desire, which brings us to having to make a choice!
To sin or not to sin…that is the question! It’s very dangerous and the decision can be made in an instant!
Wise believers decide ahead of time to protect themselves from temptation before it enters their mind. How you ask? Comment to obey God and know that He is in control and has limited Satan abilities.
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Satan has a way of making sin look fun and exciting. He wants us to live in the moment. But we need to look at the bigger picture and ask ourselves a question or two…Is this choice in line with God’s word? What’s the cost? Are we willing to pay the price?
What is our best defense against temptation? Meditation on God’s word and daily prayer. It builds our faith and strengthens our heart and mind against any arrows the devil sends our way!
Love Heart, remember…Defense, Defense, Defense…~Deb