Stay One Step Ahead of the Devil
I believe that understanding temptation and aggressively resisting it is the only way to stay one step ahead of the devil. James 1:12 (KJV) says, Blessed is the man that endureth temptation…he shall receive the crown of life…. To endure temptation means to go through trials without giving up—to outlast the devil.
Enduring also means going through a time of temptation without letting it change your attitude or commitment. Jesus never treated people differently when He was being tempted, and when we are spiritually mature, we can follow His example.
Jesus understands exactly what we’re facing with temptation. Sometimes He allows us to face temptations so He can bring attention to areas of weakness in our lives and help us overcome them. The only way you can have all that Jesus wants you to have is by becoming who He created you to be. And that maturity comes through trials.
So be determined to be patient and stand up under temptation by the grace of God. It will put you one step ahead of the devil.
Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, I believe You are with me during times of temptation, so I can be patient and stand strong, always staying one step ahead of the devil.
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