People, know your enemy. He knows you all too well.
Dealing with temptation:
In James 4:7, we are told to resist the devil and he will flee from us. But it’s not that simple; in the same verse, we are also told to draw near to God.
Dealing with temptation is a two fold process of resisting the devil and drawing near to God.
The closer you get to God and the more you become aware of His love, the less power temptation will have over you.
James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
There are three things that we can expect from the devil…
To deceive somebody means to make another person believe a lie or something that is not true. When the enemy sends deception your way, it is an attempt to deceive you into believing something that is not true, so you will fall into error. Strongholds are built through deception. A stronghold is formed when deception takes hold in a person’s mind. A stronghold is an incorrect thinking pattern that stems from believing something that is not true.
Temptation often follows deception. First the enemy tells us, “You won’t surely die!”, then he makes the fruit on the forbidden tree look good to us. Since Eve accepted Satan’s deception (his lie), now the tree that she was not supposed to touch looked good to her. She was tempted (enticed) to sin, because she allowed herself to first be deceived. Temptation is when we are enticed or encouraged to sin in one way or another.
The devil is known as the accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10). He is known to take a believer who has done an embarrassing or gross sin in their past, and continue to rub it in their faces and beat them down with guilt and condemnation over their past.
To all people, know your enemy, because he certainly knows you!
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.”
"For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed."
"Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.