Scripture Reading: James 4:7–10
Key Verse: Matthew 6:13
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
A popular response to temptation has made waves in the Christian community in recent years. This method of resistance makes perfect sense—flee from the temptation. On its face, this is a perfectly understandable response. After all, removing yourself from compromising situations is crucial to maintaining solid Christian character.
However, simple flight is not the ultimate answer. Unfortunately, fleeing temptation is only a temporary solution. One way or another, that old temptation will always seem to find you, wherever you have fled.
The idea of fleeing from Satan’s ploys is a slight distortion of biblical counsel. Rather than running away from Satan, Scripture instructs, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Through the power of the Holy Spirit, believers have the ability to send Satan himself running in terror.
Also, it is important for Christians to remember that temptation is not a problem that we can solve ourselves, by fleeing or any other manner. Instead, we need deliverance from temptation. Jesus taught, “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13 nasb).
Evil is a God-sized problem. Thinking that we have within ourselves any means to defeat it negates the need for a Savior. We cannot win this spiritual war; however, we can rest in the assurance that Jesus has already secured the victory. When temptation comes, remove yourself from the situation, but also stand firm in the Lord. Remember, you are part of the victorious army.
Lord, I cannot always flee from temptation. And temptation has legs to follow me. Give me the strength to resist temptation wherever I meet it.