I’ve been meaning to write this post since I listened to a CD given to me titled ‘The Cycle of Temptation’ by Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA Abuja. Today, I woke up with a deep sense of urgency about it and I believe now is the time. Read and be blessed.
When God gives us a promise, it is not the time to fold our hands or go running about in excitement. It is time to fight the good fight of faith in order to see the manifestation of the promise. Hebrews 6:12 says: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Paul, also, speaking to his spiritual son, Timothy said this ‘charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare’, 1 Timothy 1:18.
The devil hates it when such promises await us and will do all he can to stop us. He was once in close fellowship with God and therefore is conversant with what the Father loathes. Our heavenly Father cannot stand sin. It is an abomination unto Him. Pro 14:34 says that righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people. And we know that if we regard iniquity in our hearts, the Lord will not hear us (Psalm 66:18). Sin acts as a barrier between God and man for ‘behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear’. The devil knows this principle and will do all he can to break the fellowship between God and ourselves (Note I refer to ‘fellowship’ and not ‘relationship’). He does this by his wiles and by bringing temptation our way.
James tells us something I regard so important:
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.
This means the devils sets a bait before us in order to trigger our desire.
Fishermen, for example, use different things as baits to attract different fishes. Some fishes love worms, prawns, shrimps, bread, cheese and some fishes such as the cobia, mahi mahi, cods, sharks are caught using a live fish as bait! This implies that even a ‘born again Christian’ may be used as bait against another believer. The devil knows that you will not easily succumb to the pressure of alcohol or drugs and will bring what your Achilles’ heel is your way. The Bible says we should put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. We have to be on our guard 24/7. Let’s guard our hearts and mind and put on Christ and the whole armour of God so that we will be able to stand against the wiles of the enemy.It is important to understand how the enemy operates. We ought not to be ignorant of his devices.
The first thing the devil does is to lure one out of the secret place of the Most High as he cannot step into God’s presence to drag you out. Remember, every man is tempted, when he is drawn away. What draws you out? Music you never used to listen to becomes not so much of a big deal. Certain shows are now ‘just a show nau’. Fasting becomes such a chore and church becomes too far away to attend mid-week service plus, it’s winter, it just too cold outside to be waiting for a bus!
Temptation and sin are like YouTube.
One mild video will lead to another not-so-mild video. Others will be suggested and we know how the devil uses the power of suggestion. When the devil dangles an opportunity before us, he does not tell us that there is a hook in it. Before you know it, you are watching videos you promised God you will never watch. And you begin to endorse certain acts which were once abominable in your opinion. It cannot be denied that we all are susceptible to temptation. We should not feel condemned because of this. However how we handle it is what matters. We must resist the devil with the Word and he will flee from us.
If in anyway, you feel the fire is beginning wane, go to God. He will definitely run to you and welcome you with arms open wide. The longer we stay in the lukewarm zone, the harder it becomes to leave and the more problems we create for ourselves. God is a merciful Father and yearns for us to come back into His embrace.
Let us be careful! Nip all forms of temptation in the bud. It’s for our own good. I have written on my blog about the dangers of living a lukewarm life. Staying on track ensures that the promises of God will not elude us.