It strikes me that temptation is sort of like a Christmas tree for evil spirits. They know the usual culprits and how we sometimes give into them and hover around waiting for an opening. They know how foolish people can be to yield to temptation and do those things that we know are wrong or to fail to do this things that we know are right.
Either way it gives therm an in. It's like a gift, so when you are in that moment and tarry there it's no wonder it gets more difficult to resist. If we understand this principle we would feel like we are standing on the edge of a pit of yuck in our best dress clothes. We would be careful or even more wisely, just move away.
They are waiting for people to come along and give them a gift, an inlet, a moment of free reign. I wonder if they are snickering. Maybe they sing a little ditty thinking how superior there are and how foolish their prey.
I say, let's leave them waiting. Don't go, let them wait expecting us to be lured and to yield. Meanwhile, let us live a life more abundant, seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Clean, we will be usable by God in so many other ways. If we should find ourselves standing on that edge, rebuke, refuse, retreat but whatever happens do not give them what they want.
- Ooh, I'd bet they'd hate that. Snicker, snicker.
Pastor Daniel Stevenson
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