Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 32)
Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Matthew 6:13 (NKJV)
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:41 (NKJV)
I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
John 17:15 (NKJV)
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, Who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)
Consider the Gentle Man named Jesus. Quietly He calls: 'Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me' (Revelation 3:20).
Now consider the tempter named Satan. Quite loudly he calls. It sounds like a roar or a siren's song.* If you open the door for temptation, evil enters and starts to control you. He may bring a feast, but you'll be consumed.
Both in His Model Prayer and in His final prayers, Jesus reveals the dangers of entering temptation. Neither unprepared nor unwittingly should we go there. Because if we do, the devil has home field advantage.
But in no way are we spared if we decide to stay home. If we allow demons into our space, they wreak havoc. Surely, unspeakable damage happens behind closed doors. When the carnage is revealed, it's more foul than open war.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, you're walking into a battlefield: a battlefield marked by temptations. Consider two of Satan's tactics:
1) He'll try to tempt you into leaving, through friends, delays or disappointments. 2) He'll try to tempt you like other stars, with perks, big roles and celebrity. Therefore, dress in the Armor of God and stay closely behind your Leader.**
Because staying home is more risky. Jesus told us clearly: We must go. Is comfort the greatest temptation now facing American Christians?
To Be Continued...
* 'The Sirens were beautiful but dangerous creatures that lured the sailors with their beautiful voices to their doom, causing the ships to crash on the reefs near their island.' http://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Creatures/Sirens/sirens.html. That being said, a temptation can be anything ungodly... even anger.
** 'Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you' (James 4:7).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.