My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. Proverbs 1:10
Every day we are going to face temptations. What temptations will you face today? What do you think your spouse’s temptations are today?
Are you ready to say “No” to the tempter and all temptations that you face? Do you know who the enemy is? Satan wants to steal, kill and destroy you, and your family. You need to recognize Satan’s tricks, schemes, and lies.
“‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’” Matthew 6:13
Do you know what your weaknesses are? Be aware that may be where the enemy will attack.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:8-9
We need to pray that prodigals would confess their sins, asking the Lord to help them turn from the world’s temptations. We need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ to walk in righteousness. We also need to pray for the ones who have fallen into sin.
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15-17
We must understand that temptations are subtle and may seem harmless at first glance. Foremost, we must realize that temptation is not a sin but becomes a sin when we give in to temptation. Do you see how you and your spouse were tempted? I became deceived after Bob fell into Satan’s trap, and I filed for divorce when I did not believe in divorce. Andis and Lilita recently shared on the Fight for Your Marriage Podcast how they fell into the same trap. Neither of them believed in divorce, yet the tempter made it look like a way out of their problems.
How was your spouse tempted to fall into sin? What are some of the temptations that your loved ones may be facing? Lying, gossiping, disobeying parents, discouragement, fear of the future, lust, worrying, or neglecting God’s Word?
What are you tempted to do today? Are you tempted to give up on believing in God’s power or plan to restore your marriage?
Have you been tempted not to read your Bible or to pray daily? Has sexual immorality tempted you? Did you do things as a teen or young adult that you thought you would never do because someone tempted you? How has that affected your life?
Let me remind you of two men who handled temptation differently. Potiphar’s wife tempted Joseph to commit adultery, but he refused, regardless of the consequences, and ran from the house. Then also remember David. As soon as David saw Bathsheba, he was filled with lust. David should have left the roof and fled the temptation. Instead, he entertained the temptation, fell into sin, and the results were devastating.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
We need to set standards for our lives according to God’s Word. We must know that we need the Holy Spirit and to use God’s Word to overcome sin and temptation. We need to read, study and memorize the Word of God, so we have the power to resist Satan and his cohorts.
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
There are so many temptations in this world today. May you seek the Lord and ask Him to examine your heart if you have fallen into temptations. Ask the Lord to forgive you for any wrong thoughts and actions daily.
Pray that the Lord will speak to your spouse to free them from their sinful desires of the flesh and the world’s temptations. Your Lord God will go after your spouse. He has not given up on your spouse or your marriage. Never give up believing in your awesome God’s power to win the war. There is an escape route with the Lord’s light shining to show your spouse the way home!
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:11-12