One of the first things we learn about as Christians is the fall of man (Genesis Ch3). Scripture tells us that Eve was tempted by the serpent (satan) in the Garden of Eden. She also gave the fruit to Adam and and both of their eyes were opened. Therefore, sin and death entered the world.
Why bring this up?
I want people to understand how dangerous temptation is. I don’t think that we stop long enough to think about that. You know; what are the consequences of my actions? How will this affect those in my life? When temptation presents itself, most of the time it is spur of the moment. We get blindsided, satan’s main tactic. Satan will lay in wait just for us to come by when we are at our not expecting the great deceiver to show up. We know this of course but somehow he still sucks us into a situation where we know better.
But how do we prepare for temptation?
In Mathew Ch4, we are given the best example. After Jesus fasted for 40 day’s and night’s, satan appeared to tempt Him. Jesus totally defeated satan with God’s Word. Satan thought that because Jesus had fasted and was weak from hunger, that he could step in and take advantage. Those 40 day’s and 40 night’s, Jesus was preparing. Fasting brings us closer to God. This is why, when we have some tall mountain that we feel is insurmountable, we should fast and bring it to God and let Him help us move the mountain. You see, Jesus was very prepared. In Mathew Ch 4 v. 4,7 and 10, Jesus used Scripture to move His mountain.
1 Corinthians 10:13: There hath no temptation taken ye but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
This Scripture tells us that we will be tempted, we will be able to take control, and that God loves us and will be there to see us through. God will never leave us alone. We (Christians) are His sheep. As long as we are a part of the flock, He will always be there to help, guide, and defend us. This is true because God cannot lie. For God to lie would mean that God is contradicting Himself. So, as Christians we believe God’s Word to be infallible, then we must have faith that God will stand true to His word. So, when you feel discouraged because temptation has set itself before you, remember the promise presented in 1 Corinthians 10:13. Be still, pray, and hold fast, for you are not alone. Our Father can move any mountain.