The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. – 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)
The devil does not make you do the things you do not want to do. He can’t. You make that decision on your own. What the devil does is to try to use what you want/desire against you. Those things could in fact be good or bad.
The truth is, most times you are tempted to do the things you shouldn’t do or the things you’re instructed not to do at a particular time or ever.
Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. – James 1:14 (NLT)
Take the story of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3) in the bible for instance:
God instructed Adam and Eve not to eat out of nor touch the tree which was in the midst of the garden or else they’d die. They could eat out of every other tree but that one and they knew fully well about that. The serpent told Eve that she wouldn’t die but God knows that her eyes will be opened. All of a sudden, Eve saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit, ate it and gave also to Adam who ate with her.
Not only does the devil use what you may desire against you, he also uses what you know against you. He could twist what you know and give you a reason to question and doubt it. That is what he did with Eve and she fell.
You have to be grounded. You have to be firm. You have to know your bible and what is in it. Take a hint from Jesus who resisted temptation. He is your perfect example (Matthew 4:1-11):
Jesus was led into the wilderness and when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The devil came to him and said, “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” but Jesus answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
The devil didn’t stop there, he took Jesus up into the holy city, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple then said to him, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” but Jesus said unto him, “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”
Again, the devil took Jesus to an exceeding high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and he said to Jesus, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Then the devil left him, and, angels came to minister to him.
The devil doesn’t always stop at one, he will try until you fall but you have to let him know that you’re stronger than that. Fix your eyes on the price. When you know that falling into temptation can cause you to sin and the “wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), you will have a rethink.
You cannot blame him for your sins. You take charge of your life because it is your life. One thing you must know is, at the end of it all, the devil will be thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10). So, if you say he made you do this or he made you do that, what happens to people who do what the devil made them do? Where do people who do what the devil made them do go?
Evaluate your life.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)
Have a blessed week ahead!