The advances of the serpent. Speaking with those slippery words that scratch the itch of your lusts. It’s like he knows how to make you weak in the knees. Causing you to prostrate as you’re drawn deep down into his ocean of lies. Each of his words submerging you fully, convincing your mind that he’s telling the truth. But he isn’t.
You see...the fruit that he promised isn’t the fruit that he’ll deliver. Jesus said; no good tree bears bad fruit and no bad tree bears good fruit so...should we be surprised that Satan promises more than he’ll produce?
He promised joy, but left you with sadness. Peace, but left you in panic. Highs but left you feeling lower than low and the ecstasy of his lies have worn off...again. Leaving you to crash and burn.
If only you took the exit ramp. The way of escape that God promised in 1 Corinthians 10:13. You see, contrary to the opinion of the board of self-righteousness, temptation is part of the Christian experience. If we’re followers of Jesus and He was tempted like us, then how can His follower stand condemned? Hebrews 4:15 makes it plain for the dim, that our Saviour faced temptations beyond those in the wilderness.
So what will you do with the glossy poison that Satan presents as good fruit? Be like the Son who set His eyes beyond the ‘now’. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross...and He also resisted temptation. His eyes burned with fire as He gazed into eternity, seeing the beauty that awaits. The new heavens and new earth where sin, pain and evil don’t exist. The new Jerusalem where we reach perfection and beyond. Then as His eyes peeled back to the present day, He saw the cheapness of yielding to the flesh. And with eternity emblazed at the front of His mind, He resisted Satan’s advances.
When we’re living shortsighted, only focused on the ‘now’, temptation will win the battle. But when we’re intentional about staying eternity-focused, it helps us endure the days of weakness.
“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness, in the hope of eternal life that God, who cannot lie, promised before time began” - Titus 1:1-2