Satan tempted Eve in the garden of Eden and Jesus in the desert. Guess what? Satan also tempts you and me every day. Satan is nothing more than a fallen angel turned evil. Satan is an evil spirit who deceptively disguises himself before us. He tempts us to do immoral things that make us want to live his way instead of God’s way.
1.) Satan likes to tempt people when they are at their most vulnerable, or when they are physically and emotionally overloaded.
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter approached him and said:” If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread “.
Jesus replied: “It is written: Man not only lives by bread, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4: 2-4
Satan tempted Jesus after fasting for forty days, and he was hungry and tired. This time of trial showed that Jesus really was the Son of God, because he overcame the temptations of the devil.
God will test all Christians at some point in their lives. Our convictions are only strong if they endure the pressures of temptation.
Are you ready to be tested by Satan?
2.) Satan offered Jesus the whole world because he wanted Jesus to obey him.
“Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their splendor.
“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and adore me.”
Jesus said to him: “Get behind me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” Matthew 4: 8-11
Satan tempts you and me today in the same way, drawing us through the love of money (materialism) and power in the world, and by our (physical) desires and longings.
What temptations have you been attracted to?
3.) Sin comes in seductive and persuasive ways.
“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “Drop down. Because it is written:” He will command his angels about you, and they will lift you up in his hands, so that you do not stomp your foot. against a stone “.
Jesus answered him and said: “It is also written: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Matthew 4: 6-7
Satan used the Scriptures to try to get Jesus to do what he wanted, but Jesus did not hesitate. Satan made it sound so persuasive, and yet Jesus did not sin!
When we are tempted, Satan will focus on 3 areas where he knows we are most vulnerable.
1.) Desires, (physical) desires to have sex before marriage, immoral and lustful acts, adultery, prostitution, homosexuality, perverted acts, etc.
2.) Materialism, money, (mental) power, greed, fighting for more money and power makes us not want to get to know God. Fighting for status in life makes us rebellious to God’s ways.
3.) Pride! Pride gets in the way of humiliating yourself in tempting situations. Pride is the root of number two!
Have you ever been persuaded or convinced to sin? How has Satan persuaded you?
4.) God will never lead us into temptation, but He will test us.
… “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13
All Christians fight against temptations. Sometimes these tempting situations are so subtle that we don’t even know we are sinning. But God has PROMISED us that we will not be tempted beyond what we can bear.
“No temptation has got hold of you except the common one of man. And God is faithful; He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an outlet for you to stand up low. it. “1 Corinthians 10:13
5.) Married couples can resist the temptation! (Sexual sin)
If we have enough faith, God will give us the strength and the desire to want to overcome sin.
“The husband must fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and also the wife to the husband. The wife’s body belongs not only to her, but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body It does not belong only to him, but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other, except by mutual agreement and for a time, to dedicate yourselves to prayer. Then, get together again so that Satan does not tempt you to because of his lack of self-control “. 1 Corinthians 7: 3-5
Spiritually we belong to God, but physically we belong to our spouse!