1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
Satan is a crafty veteran when it comes to setting traps for us. He even tried to set one for Jesus when He was on the earth. Do you remember the time when Jesus had gone into the wilderness for 40-day fasting and praying session? Guess who was the first to greet Jesus as He was coming off of His fast? Yes, you guessed it; Satan.
Satan knew that Jesus was in a weakened physical state so he thought it was a good time to try and spring the trap. He methodically set traps that he was sure Jesus would fall for. His first test was when He tried to get Jesus to turn stones to bread. He knew that Jesus was hungry and Satan thought he’d catch Jesus at a weak moment and make Him fulfill a desire of His flesh. It didn’t work. His second temptation was when Satan tried to get Jesus to throw Himself off a cliff. This temptation was supposed to make Jesus acknowledge whether He really believed that God was God. In other words, Jesus had to decide if He’d let God be His God or if He’d choose to be His own. This one didn’t work either. His final temptation dealt with Satan trying to trick Jesus into living a life where He would acknowledge a desire to please humanity; to live with a fear of what others thought. Again, the temptation didn’t work. What Satan didn’t know is that while Jesus was in a weak physical state of mind; His spiritual state of mind was beyond reproach.
If Satan came after Jesus, it stands to reason that he will also try to come after us. Strangely, the same temptations he used against Jesus will be the same ones he attempts to get us with. Since we have the example of Jesus resisting the enemy, we also know now that we can as well. When Satan rears His ugly head and tries to get us to turn away from God, we need to do exactly what Jesus did. We need to remind Satan of what God’s Word said. We don’t have to fall for the trap. We are free not to. Since we belong to Jesus, we have the same power to resist that He had. Don’t fall for the trap—avoid it at all costs. In doing so, you put yourself in a position to go into deep places with the Father. It will be