When we live in the secret place of the Most High, under the shadow of the Almighty, we are covered with His grace for safety and protection. When we commune with Him and look to Him for our daily bread, we are filled with all that we need to be, who we are meant to be. But when we knowingly move out from under that protection, we expose ourselves to attack.
It’s easier to resist temptation under the shadow of the Almighty because our focus is on Him. The temptation isn’t that strong a pull. Yes, we see it, but the consequences of giving into it are too great to risk losing what we have.
But when we take our eyes off of God and walk away toward our own desires, we step out from His covering of grace. We are no longer protected with His righteousness, so sin becomes easier to give in to. It becomes harder and harder to come back to where we were safe and blessed.
The combination of the subtly of sin and our own selfishness is a powerful force to battle. Spending time with Jesus every day will keep you safe in His protection. Keep your eyes on Him and stay covered in His grace.
It’s not a sin to be tempted. Thoughts can come into your head that are not your thoughts. When you recognize that they are not your thoughts, or thoughts you do not want to have, rebuke them. Tell yourself, no, I’m not going there. Call on Jesus.
God knows that we have an enemy that works daily to take us down. That’s why He gave us a plan to deal with it. Pray that you may not enter into temptation. (Lk 22:40) And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Mat 6:13)
Prayer protects us. It’s wise to pray up before temptation happens rather than struggle to overcome it when faced with it. The thing about temptation is, it’s usually really tempting! If it’s not, then it’s not a temptation to us. Temptation is something that deep inside, we really want but shouldn’t have.
It takes the presence of God to help us overcome what we know to be wrong. And since we are human, we will face weakness until the day we die. Get into the habit now of praying that you will not face temptation. Prayer is your protection and great wisdom. You don’t have to fail.