Expect Moral Temptation
For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. I John 2:16
Satan does not concern himself with you when you’re eating cereal, brushing your teeth, or making a pit stop. These are physical functions that don’t affect your relationships with God and people. However, the moment you cross into the world where your character can express itself in conduct, he’s there. Satan crafts moral temptation to fit hand in glove with you. His malicious and perverse way pulls up your past, examines your insecurities, studies your tendencies, considers your vulnerabilities, researches your triggers, and investigates your less noble ways of dealing with pressure, stress, and responsibility. Satan never accidentally tempts a man. This means his timing always coalesces with what’s going on inside a man at any given moment.
Whatever is ruling your emotions at the time will be used against you when he strikes. In fact, you can predict with reasonable certainty when Satan will strike if you answer the following questions. Where am I when I am most tempted or vulnerable? — Who am I with or not with? — How am I feeling, tired, lonely, bored, stressed, conflicted, angry, boxed in, discouraged, etc? — What time of day is it? — Am I in conflict with anybody? — What are my core insecurities, fears, or triggers? — What situations cause me to get defensive?
Know the answer to these questions and take precautions, because Satan certainly knows the answer even if you don’t!
Father, you are the way the truth and the life, help me keep my eyes on you.