written by: LaVonda McCullough
Have you ever been tempted? Sometimes we feel that if the Holy Spirit leads us, it will always be sunny days. That is not necessarily true. Jesus was led into a long and challenging testing season in the wilderness. Adam and Eve were tempted in the garden of Eden by this same enemy present today that will tempt us.
I remember when we lived in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a dry and desert place, not only visible as surrounded by cactus, rugged brown landscapes with tumbleweed, but spiritually and emotionally, I was in a desert place. I was tempted to walk away from my faith and my marriage.
When we discover ourselves in places of temptation, it is more important than ever to use the Word of God as our weapon. Three times, Jesus spoke the Word to overcome the temptation He faced.
Satan is a real being, a created but rebellious fallen angel, constantly fighting against God’s children and those who desire to obey and follow Him. Knowing and obeying God’s Word is an effective weapon against temptation. Jesus used Scripture to counter Satan’s attacks, and so should we. But to use it effectively, we must have faith in God’s promises because Satan knows Scripture and will try to twist it to suit his purpose.
Suppose I did not have God’s Word hidden in my heart when my “girlfriends” whispered lies in my ears. While one whispered lies about the sanctity of marriage, another caused me to doubt Christ’s identity and who I am in Him. I could have walked away from God’s perfect will for my life and lived out my destiny.
Times of questioning can help us sort out our beliefs and strengthen our faith. Not all temptation is wrong in itself, but what is the position of your heart? Pause and ask, “Is the Holy Spirit leading me to do this? Or is Satan trying to get me off the track?”
Life and Death are in the power of the tongue.” So, friend, use your weapon to overcome the enemy’s temptations and speak Scripture aloud to help change your mindset build your faith and confidence in God.
Prayer: Father, thank you for giving me the power of your Holy Spirit that will provide me with comfort, guidance, and hope. I am grateful for your Word that is hidden in my heart so that I can overcome all temptations and manners of evil. I trust in you and who you are. Thank you, God for your love and purpose in my life. Amen.