Whenever God places me on a different path, it always feels like the devil wants to come and derail me. I know that everyone reading this might feel the same way. You start with some new journey, and then the distractions, business of life, or some life event happens.
Recently I started a new diet plan. Or maybe I should rather call it a lifestyle change. I realised that my health was deteriorating and that I was uncomfortable within myself. I started the program with a running start, full of energy and positivity. However, as soon as I started, temptation came knocking. We need to remember what the Holy Word tells us in James 1:13, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man….”
So now we know that temptation does not come from God but the evil one. I had to resist great temptations the last two weeks. How many birthday parties can there be in two weeks? As one after the other happened, and today is Mother’s Day, too, I had to resist them. The bible warns us that “… your adversary the devil, [is like] a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). Temptation, therefore, could come out as a heavy avalanche. But do we succumb to this temptation? Or will you stand firm in God’s word?
Paul taught us in Galatians 5:16 that we should “walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Also, we need to “… take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” We need to remember that “…He [Jesus] himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted (Hebrew 2:18).
And God also promises us that “there hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Personally, my best escape is time with God in prayer.
Prayer: My dear Lord God, please help us to resist the temptations of the evil one. Please help us walk closer to you so that we can walk in victory.