I Peter 5:8-9 (NLT) Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith.
It’s undeniable today you will be tempted by somebody or something as you go about living. In fact, you will probably be tempted on more occasions than you care to admit. Why? Because (we) you live in a world that’s filled to the limit with temptations and addictions that are intended to lead you far, far away from our God.
Here in the 21st century, temptations are now completely and thoroughly embedded into the fabric of everyday life. As a man I must confess seductive images are everywhere; subtle messages tell you that it’s okay to sin “just a little”; and to make matters even worse, society doesn’t just seem to endorse godlessness, it actually seems to reward the untruths of a godless world. Today’s world is saturated with a wide range of messages, all of which imply that it’s okay to rebel against God. These messages, of course, are extremely dangerous and completely untrue.
How can you stand up against society’s constant temptations? By learning to direct your thoughts and your eyes toward things that are pleasing to God, and by trusting Him to help you stay focused on things that are “whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable” (Philippians 4:8). And here’s the good news: the Creator has promised (not suggested, not insinuated, but He has promised!) that with His help, you can resist every single temptation that confronts you.
God is always with you, and if you do your part, He will do His part. But what, precisely, is your part? A good starting point is simply learning how to recognize the indirect temptations that surround you. The images of immorality are endless, and they’re intended to overtake your mind, your heart, your pocketbook, your life, and your soul. But fight for yours and don’t let this be your outcome.
Most Christians do not know or fully realize that the adversary of our lives is Satan and that his main tool is our flesh, our old nature…. Bill Bright