When temptation comes, it usually doesn’t come alone.
It comes with an entourage of lies, recruited to accomplish two things: First, to exalt temptation; and second, to belittle you.
Here are three of these lies:
- This temptation won’t go away unless you give in.
- It’s too much for you to resist.
- It’s here to help. It wants to remove your pain.
If you find yourself giving in to a certain area of temptation repeatedly, chances are these lies are at work.
They’re an entourage of little worshipers, lifting temptation up like it’s God himself: eternal, omnipotent, and benevolent.
But temptation is nothing of the sort. And its lies can be broken.
Temptations do go away. The only way the intensity and frequency of a temptation will continue is if you continue to feed it when it comes around.
Much of temptation’s power actually comes from its entourage of allies (lies) looking to destroy you. Go get some allies of your own—brothers and sisters ready to fight with and for you. Just watch the difference it makes.
Temptation is not here to help or to heal. It’s looking to be your drug dealer. In fact, far from wanting to remove your pain, it helps your pain to continue so you’ll keep coming back for more of its “medicine.” And each time you give in, its grip on you will only become stronger.
Does temptation hold out something alluring? Yes. But exposing its lies reveals how malicious its intent truly is. Temptation is no friend.
Jesus comes in stark contrast to temptation.
He comes with no puffed up entourage, but humbly, as a servant with a basin to cleanse your filthy feet. Though he does not force himself on you, he promises never to leave nor forsake you. Though stronger than you, he does not control or overpower you, but comes to set you free from all that holds you captive. Though he may not immediately relieve your pain, he willingly bears it with you on the hard road toward real healing.
He has been tempted, too. He has felt its allure. And He has defeated it.
Question: Which of temptation’s lies has been hardest for you to deal with? And what’s one truth from Scripture that challenges that lie? Share a comment below.
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