Monday, July 29th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Temptation
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, NKJV).
Now consider the tempter named Satan. Quite loudly he calls. It sounds like a roar or a siren's song.* If we open the door for temptation, evil enters and starts to control us. He may bring a feast, but WE'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 vile than open war.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, you're walking into a battlefield: a combat zone 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 into compromise, with perks, big roles and celebrity.
Therefore, dress in the Armor of God and hang closely behind your Leader.**
Because going home or staying home is a dereliction of duty or a burial of your talent. Either way, Satan wins and you lose.
## The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Temptation (Part 32)
* '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).
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.