Dealing With The Devil

Temptation; everyone deals with it. No one is immune.
Jesus was tempted. As He began His earthly ministry, Jesus went into the desert to be alone and there he was tempted by Satan. So if Jesus was tempted, it stands to reason that we will be tempted.
So how do we deal with temptation? In I Corinthians 10:12-13, the apostle Paul warns the people in Corinth to not forget what happened to the Israelites when they came through the wilderness. They stumbled and yielded to temptation. Paul told the Corinthians that “these things happened to Israel as a warning to us” (I Cor. 10:6). So, the Corinthians were encouraged not to make the same mistakes Israel had made.
Then, it was as if Paul anticipated them saying, “Paul, you don’t have to worry about us… we aren’t going to do those things.” So Paul said, “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.” Then, Paul added, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who with the temptation will provide a means of escape as well” (10:13).
That verse is good advice for us. We will be tempted. It maybe that someone reading this is being tempted now. However, if we will ask the Lord for strength, we can defeat temptation.
Understand that the devil doesn’t walk around in a red suit with a long pick-fork as he has been depicted. Satan is the scantily clad woman that tempts us. Satan is the can of beer or bottle of booze that a person is trying to resist. Satan is automobile or appliance or gadget that we are tempted to buy. Satan may be the man or woman who is tempting you at work.
Temptation can represent lots of different things. Every day, we have to be on watch against Satan and ask the Lord for to not yield to temptation.

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