The best way to prevent something from happening is to be prepared. When it comes to sinning, the key to prevention lies in knowing our enemy. We have all been tempted and all sinned before. And guess who tempted us into those sins? You got it…Satan, our enemy. The Bible says so. So what can preparation can we do to avoid being tempted? We can be aware of this truth about our enemy…
“It is not a matter of IF the enemy will tempt you, but WHEN he does.”
The Bible says,
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. James 1:13-14 NIV
Our knowledge of sin, the Bible, God’s law and our spiritual maturity to obey Him…these things do not prevent us being tempted. They do, however, lead us to lean on the Lord’s deliverance when being faced with it. We have our awesome God on our side and He will help us to overcome anything we face. It’s a good idea not to get too comfortable in our righteousness, such as it is. Anyone, at any time, can be tempted.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1Corinthians 10:12-13 NIV
I mean this to be a happy reminder that God thought of everything when He sent His Son to free us from sin. He knows we are human and can fail, but He makes a way out for us!
I hope you have a great day and I also hope you are encouraged by the fact that whatever today holds, God is with you!
Much love and prayers,