Do You Know Your Adversary Is Formidable and Skillful?

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world
— 1 John 4:4

When I first became a Christian, other believers would warn me to be careful, because the devil would tempt me. That was the craziest thing I had ever heard. The what is going to tempt me? I thought this was an over exaggerated statement. I hate to admit it, but I had envisioned a cartoon version of Satan. I didn't think of him as a spiritual being, and I had never really dealt with temptation. Before I was saved, I saw temptation as an opportunity. I didn't know a lot about trying to resist it. I asked some of the older Christians who had warned me how I would know when I was being tempted. Their answer was, "You will know."

 Several years ago, Greg Laurie told a story about what happened to him right after he was saved, and his story was explaining the attractiveness of temptation. He was at school one day when a very attractive girl came walking toward him after class. She had never noticed Greg before, much less walked up to him or said anything to him. But then she spoke. He was dumbfounded. He thought to himself, “Why is this girl talking to me? What is happening?”  She asked him what his name was, and he told her Greg.  Then she said, "Hey, you know what? My parents have a cabin up in the mountains. I was thinking of going up there this weekend. Why don't you come with me?"

 I used Greg’s story to give you a clear picture of temptation.  In his story, he said something like, “OK, this is a temptation.”  He was right. This was it!  She didn't have horns, and she wasn't carrying a pitchfork. But the temptation was attractive, it was enticing, and it was real. He realized that the encounter was the devil because these things did not happen to him. The moral of Greg’s story was that he resisted the temptation that day, but he also learned how it worked.  Satan’s temptations are attractive and enticing.  He shows you the bait, but the trap is hidden 

 The enemy is formidable and clever. He knows how to offer his beautifully wrapped merchandise in an enticing way. But don't ever underestimate him. He is a sly and skillful adversary, with thousands of years of experience in dealing with humankind. But even so, he can be overcome.  God Bless!