When we recognize the ugliness of temptations, we will be better able to resist them. Someone wrote, “If only I could see my temptations as I see other people’s, they won’t be a bit hard to fight. Other people’s temptations looks to ugly and foolish. But my own temptations come with a rosy light about them so that I don’t see how hateful they are until afterward. There are two ways to see temptations in their true colors. One is to pray about them and thus bring them into the clear light of God’s presence. The other is to say, ‘How would this look if someone else yielded to it?’” To the one being tempted, enticement to sin may be appealing. But if we yield, we start down a path to self-destruction.
If we know God’s Word, which is the sword of the Spirit, and understand how to wield it, we too can be victorious over Satan. To resist temptation, we must be strong in the Lord, filled with His Spirit, and quick to recognize the ugliness of sin. – Richard W. De Haan
If you want to master temptation, let Christ master you.
- September 12, Vol. 1