James 4:1-5:201 Timothy 1:1-2:15James 4:7-8, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you.”
"The devil made me do it" is a common phrase. Now, it's true that Satan is very clever, and he knows exactly what buttons to push and what weaknesses to exploit in us. But, he can't force us to do anything; he can only tempt us to go astray.
So, how do we resist? First, don't take the bait! Change the channel, close the web browser, ignore the text. In fact, if something or someone in your life is a constant source of temptation, remove it! Why give the enemy any leverage? Second, resist the devil by being vulnerable and transparent with a friend, parent, or leader that can help you take healthy steps to eradicate any triggers that lead to sin. Remember, we're only as sick as our secrets! Third, focus on God's promises to help you resist when Satan persists:
- You are not alone in your temptation, no matter how ashamed or isolated you feel.
- You will not be tempted beyond what you can stand, even if it feels overwhelming.
- God will provide a way out.
- Humble yourself and turn to God for help. You will see that He's instantly by your side.
The question is not IF we will be tempted, but WHEN. Are you ready to see the devil flee? If so, say with confidence, "Not Today, Satan!"
God, Thank You for the promise that when I am tempted You are right there, ready to help me overcome. Give me the discernment to avoid the following situations that lead to sin_______ and side-step Satan’s schemes altogether. In Jesus’ name, Amen.