As a means to demonstrate the riches of His love and mercy to me, the LORD recently permitted the devil to extend his hand to tempt me. I found myself confronted with an old familiar foe. As Jesus, starving in the desert, demonstrated by rejecting the devil’s temptation of a loaf of bread, sin on its surface does not always appear a bad thing. Sometimes on the surface the devil, in his powers of deceit, makes sin appear not only enticing, but healthy, as if it is something for our good. However, when anything comes with the devil’s temptation, or leads to a dark place, it becomes deadly. By the intercession of the Holy Spirit we receive the discernment of good and evil, and I recognized the devil at work deep in the chambers of my mind. Fearing my flesh is weak, and knowing my thoughts were betraying me, I turned faithfully to the LORD and cried out in prayer. I pleaded He deliver me from this temptation and that He keep me far from the evil one.
This experience is so well represented by Trip Lee in one of my favorite songs, “Fallin'”
In a demonstration of His awesomeness, later the very same day, the LORD brought about events that caused this temptation to turn and flee from me. This was not by any work of my own, as I failed in mustering the strength to make war with this sin. This was His answer to my prayer. It was amazing to watch the hand of the LORD at work in my life as the Spirit delivered me from the old familiar snare…just as the Word tells us He will. It was something spectacularly touching for my heart to witness, and I pray you will experience and recognize the same loving acts of the LORD in your own walk.
Being reborn, does not mean we are now perfect. All Christians still struggle with sin, but we no longer have to face temptation alone. We must recognize our fallen nature and our inability to live righteously apart from the Lord. It is by vain conceit we are deceived in thinking we can overcome sin and wickedness on our own. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3). The Lord loves when we raise our struggles in prayer. He longs for us to come to Him with a broken spirit and place our dependence on Him. When we do this, He will deliver us from evil, for He is a God of tremendous love and great mercy! And, when we do fail, if we turn to Him in true repentance, acknowledging our need for his guidance over our life, He is quick to forgive. May the Lord bless you, and keep, you and hold you in the palm of His hand…far from the temptations of the evil one.
Phillipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His namesake.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No Temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.