Temptation: The act of tempting, or the state of being tempted; Tempt: To attempt to persuade to do something evil or unwise; Tempting: Alluring, attractive or seductive.
Devotion for Temptation
Satan’s Garage Sale Today. ( Open 24/7 365 days a year )
Once upon a time, Satan was having a garage sale. There, standing in little groups were all of his bright, shiny trinkets. Here were tools that make it easy to tear others down for use as stepping stones. And over there were some lenses for magnifying ones own importance, which, if you looked through them the other way, you could also use them to belittle others, or even one’s self. Against the wall was the usual assortment of gardening implements guaranteed to help your pride grow by leaps and bounds: the rake of scorn, the shovel of jealousy for digging a pit for your neighbor, the tools of gossip and backbiting, of selfishness and apathy. All of these were pleasing to the eye and came complete with fabulous promises and guarantees of prosperity. Prices, of course, were steep; but not to worry! Free credit was extended to one and all. “Take it home, use it, and you won’t have to pay until later!” old Satan cried, as he hawked his wares.
The visitor, as he browsed, noticed two well worn, non-descript tools standing in one corner. Not being nearly as tempting as the other items, he found it curious that these two tools had price tags higher than any other. When he asked why, Satan just laughed and said, “Well, that’s because I use them so much. If they weren’t so plain looking, people might see them for what they were.” Satan pointed to the two tools, saying, “You see, that one’s Doubt and that one’s Discouragement — and those will work when nothing else will.” ~Author Unknown~
I came across this well written story that depicts our adversary, the devil, perfectly! I think it’s perfect to use for the opening of this devotion on temptation. Oh Satan is a crafty devil and the bible says that “he roams around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour”. (1 Peter 5:8). I don’t know about you, but he may not devour this girl!
Maybe you’re not tempted by many of the tools in his arsenal, but beware, he has a wide range of temptations and I’m sure he has something in his bag that is just perfect for you and me! I don’t enjoy tearing someone down, to make myself look or feel better about myself. However, I do find myself falling into the trap of talking about others, under the guise of being concerned . . . but am I really concerned, or am I just chomping at the bit to share a juicy tidbit? Oh, if I could only tame my tongue . . . but the temptation to wag it, seems just too great! The book of James, chapter 3, addresses taming the tongue and the devastating results when we let it loose!
James 1:12-15 also addresses how temptation can turn into sin, which brings forth death! Everyone of us have thoughts, that just seem to come from out of nowhere . . . we are supposed to judge where they’re coming from. If it seems wrong or tempting, most likely it’s our own thought or a fleeting suggestion from Satan. Are we going to mull the thought over or cast it down! James says that every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and is then enticed. We could stop at being enticed and we would still be walking in the spirit, being controlled by God’s desire, not our own. The problem gets worse if we don’t stop at being enticed . . . next comes lust, which brings forth sin. You might be confused as to how lust applies to gossip, pride, jealousy, stealing, etc. Think about it . . . lust is all about myself . . . how I feel, what I think, what I want! If Satan can get us to be wrapped up in ourselves and not God, he has a huge foothold in our lives.
How can I or you resist temptation and avoid it’s certain trap? Again, I turn to James starting in chapter 4, verse 7-8 “Submit yourselves, therefore, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw [near] to God, and he will draw [near] to you.”. The question is, do we want to resist the devil?
My prayer is that you and I will resist the devil, we will run to God, and we will defeat our enemy the devil. He roams around like a lion, seeking someone to devour . . . . let’s send him packing!