Scripture Reading: James 1:1–8
Key Verse: James 1:2
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.
Temptation is an enticement to go beyond the bounds of our God-given desires. While we ourselves have to take responsibility for caving in to such an attraction, it should nonetheless be helpful to recognize the source of all temptation: Satan, the enemy of our souls.
The enemy is crafty and intelligent. He also is savage and relentless. His goal is to alienate you from God, to destroy your fellowship with your Creator and Savior. His purpose is to stunt your growth as a believer and minimize your impact for God’s kingdom. He knows your weaknesses; he also knows how to surprise, stage, and camouflage.
This is why it is imperative for every believer to maintain his or her defense by means of a vibrant, abiding fellowship with Jesus Christ. He is our refuge and rear guard, and His Word is our very effective weapon.
It is a mistake to accuse others for your own failures. For instance, some people attribute their current faults to the mistakes of their parents. While parental influence can be great, every person is responsible for his or her own choices and actions. Even more so, it is an error to try and blame God for the temptations that lure you. God is holy; Satan is evil.
React to temptation with the knowledge that its source is an evil enemy who attempts daily to steal your joy and destroy your effectiveness as a child of God. Then turn to the Lord and ask Him to help you overcome. He is the One who is able and eager to free you and give you victory.
Lord, help me to overcome the temptations of the enemy. Give me the victory and set me free!