Sunday, July 31st, 2011
Enemies To Success: Temptation
Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Mark 14:38 (NAS)
These have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.
Luke 8:13 (NAS)
A Christian fashion model I know lived for a time with a family running a major New York agency. She enjoyed a season of success but grew restless. The teen model was invited to a party with rich and famous people. She was told 'don't go' by her host family.
Nevertheless, she sneaked out of their house, went to the party, and was subsequently sent back to her own home. Neither her faith nor their watchfulness was strong enough to resist temptation.
The Bible warns us, 'Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour' (1 Peter 5:8). Cautious parents do their best to guard precious children against drugs, alcohol, and the common lures of the enemy. Parents sometimes believe these dangers are greater in the entertainment industry.
In reality, children face temptations everywhere. Years after the fact, my own daughters told me the heralded high school they attended was a well disguised culture of corruption.
However, I do believe stars in the making are beautiful targets for Satan. He sings a sweet song to lure them over to his side of the fence with exciting temptations: false friends, great invitations, free stuff, or a jet-set lifestyle that seems to offer everything the world has to give. The tabloid press, Satan's roving reporters, endlessly publicize the exploits of wandering stars--deeming their saddest and 'baddest' moments newsworthy.
Take heart! God guides, protects, and defends each of His special children in the entertainment industry--even by sending them home. To hold the course, you must exercise due diligence to recognize temptation, avoid it, and most importantly, stay strong in your faith. 'So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God' (Romans 10:17). Be vigilant to hear His Word in church, among friends, on your iPod, and from your own lips. Hold the course! Your mission is important.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Enemies and Friends To Success series.