Flee The Forces Of Temptation: Do Not Be Blind To The Tempter's Designs


The Lion Loosed

If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven--if there was anything to forgive--I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 (NIV)


The Lesson Learned

Believers in sweet Jesus are wise to be diligently aware of not falling into Satan’s schemes. Remember, he prowls around like a roaring lion seeking to devour – and we are to resist him – standing firm in the faith. His desire is for us to fall into temptation rather than flee from it. And it is never a pretty sight when we find ourselves doing the former rather than the latter. Adam, prior to the fall, had a far greater ability to resist Satan’s schemes than we do as there was nothing in him to seduce him – no fallen nature - rather he was full of integrity, righteousness and holiness. Yet, no sooner than he entered temptation, than he was lost and all his posterity with him. In the flesh, we are no match for Satan’s wiles and any of us can fall. That is why Scripture tells us to flee from it. Do not give it an inch. Just ask King David when you get to heaven regarding Bathsheba. And, as Scripture tells us, he was a man after God’s own heart. If David can fall, any of us can fall. Do not be presumptuous when it comes to flirting with temptation.
And David is not the only one in Scripture – Noah, Lot, Abraham, Peter and many more – fell to temptation rather than fleeing from it. If these greats could fall, how much more so we? We are foolish if we think we can flirt with it and come out unscathed. When you play with fire you will get burned. Remember, sin always brings with it a death to something – we can count on it. At the very least, there will always be a wound or a blemish when entering temptation – and it is never worth it. Have wisdom to play things out to the end to see if the consequences are worth the action before entering. Fleeing is always the best approach. Like Joseph who left his cloak in the hands of his temptress. Better to lose our worldly goods than cozy up to Satan’s wiles. And God will be no man’s debtor. He never holds out things from us that are ultimately for our good. 
It is the greatest folly in the hearts of mankind to neglect the warnings of God in His Word. All who enter into temptation are clueless of how weak the flesh is and how strong the enemy. Yet, God is greater still and He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear but will show us the door of escape. Always, always look for it.

Heart Savor

The Lion Roars

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 (NIV)

  • We are never to be lacking in zeal but keep our spiritual fervor serving the Lord.
  • We are to be zealous for the Lord’s great Name – through His power for His glory.
  • Create in me a pure heart and a steadfast spirit Oh Lord.