A friend recently slumped into a nearby chair and said, “It’s been a really hard day and I feel completely defeated.” Quoting someone else, she continued, “Opportunity only knocks once but temptation leans on the doorbell.” Temptation just doesn’t let up, does it?”
No, it doesn’t . . . and everybody bumps into it.
Temptation is always lurking around the corner.
Do you know what you’re opposed to? Do you recognize when and how you are most tempted?
I’ve been thinking about these questions for a couple of days.
I desire to resist that which dishonours God but I often fall short.
It’s difficult to say “No” to all that flirts with my senses. It’s difficult to choose the “long term” focus on life when all that feels, smells, tastes, sounds and looks good constantly smacks me in the here and now. It requires constant and consistent self discipline that often puts me in a place where I am ridiculed, misunderstood and/or rejected.
Resisting temptation is definitely counter-intuitive.
I’ve learned that the energy and focus it takes to resist can not simply be conjured up on demand – it’s not about will power. Victorious resistance is the result of acknowledging my sin and choosing to practice the presence of God in my day-to-day life. ] Resistance is about being empowered by His life-giving Word and strengthened by His anointing Spirit “against (my) enemy the devil, who prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5.8)
I want to be on guard.
Resisting temptation most definitely takes prayer and intention. Slow progress is better than no progress.
Ed Cole once said, ‘The ability to resist temptation is directly proportionate to your submission to God.”
That’s humbling truth, isn’t it?
He must become greater. I must become less. John 3.30