We live in a world of temptation. Turn which way we will, we shall find something or someone ready and waiting to pounce down upon us with some kind of effort ingeniously calculated to lead us astray.
There is the world with its charms. The hermits of olden times fled into the desert to escape its attractions, but it followed them to their hidden caves and comfortless cells.
There is the devil with his heartless devices. We shall have little chance of getting very far away from him until we cross the Jordan.
But even if we could hide ourselves from the world and get out of the reach of Satan, we should still have our own selves to fight, and self is the worst enemy of the three.
Temptation is the common lot. Untried grace is said to be no grace at all. We have all to go through the furnace. No man has ever ascended the golden ladder and entered the pearly gates who has not passed through the ordeal of temptation, our blessed Lord being no exception, for we read that He was tempted in all points as we poor mortals are, although He was without sin.
Temptation is not sin. If a man offers you a bribe to tell a lie, that is a temptation. But if you refuse compliance, you have not sinned. Before temptation becomes sin the soul must consent to it. That consent refused, the temptation vanishes, leaving the soul as pure as though it had not been tested.
We must resist temptation with all our might. We cannot prevent the devil knocking at the door or looking in at the window, but we need not invite him to enter, offer him a chair, or engage him in friendly conversation! We should inform him plainly that he has got to the wrong house and bid him depart without delay.
If you will resist the devil and all his allurements boldly and perseveringly, victory is certain. Christ has purchased it with His blood. If you only fight on and keep believing, it is bound to be yours.
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12 NKJV).
William Booth, The Warrior’s Daily Portion