What is this secret? What can change things so radically?
It’s this. Temptation is a lie. It is temptation, in all of its forms, is simply a lie. Think about temptation. What does it offer? What does it promise?
Fun. Or power. Or wealth. Or status. Or popularity. Or a million different things. Temptation always promises us something that we would want to have.
Every temptation does that.
And what does temptation always give us? Guilt. Shame. Self-loathing. Hatred. Destruction.
Death. In the end. It gives us death.
So, temptation promises us something good and gives us something bad. It’s a lie.
Remember that. Seriously. Drill it down into your skull right now. Temptation is a lie.
Listen to what Jesus said in John 8: 44-45:
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.
Jesus tells the Pharisees that they are doing the work of their father, the devil. They are lying because the devil is a liar. He is the father of lies.
That’s all he’s ever done is lie. Everything he says, everything he does, he’s a liar.
Temptation is a lie. The devil is a liar. When temptation comes, don’t listen to the promises of fun and life, remember what it is.
A lie. Temptation is a lie.
Always. Never forget that.
And when we see it for what it is, we can resist it (through God’s power) a little bit easier!
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