"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
- Psalm 119:11
Temptation here,temptation there,temptation everywhere! Needless to say, we live in a world full of temptations. But what separates believers from unbelievers; is the word of God. When we know the standards that God has aligned for us; we are able to face temptation and conquer it.
We must always stay grounded, and unmoveable. We should never give the enemy a chance to deceive us; his only motive is to lead us astray. All things have been created to honor God, and the enemy doesn't like that one bit. He is constantly attempting to corrupt the word of God, in order to destroy people. In fact, he's been doing it for centuries. We all know about Adam and Eve, and how they fell into temptation. God set up a standard for them to uphold. However, when temptation arose, they rebelled against God's instruction.
The enemy approaches the Garden
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden", God has said, "You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.”
The enemy deceives them
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Adam & Eve betray the truth
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Notice the shift in their beliefs? The clear instructions that God had given them became a myth. And the lie of the enemy appeared to be true. Why? Because they were too impressionable! They didn't hide the word of God in their hearts; if anything they mildly considered what God had said.
Adam and Eve are representations of us. It's easy to sin if we allow ourselves to become susceptible to it. We must protect ourselves. We must hide the word within our hearts!
Temptation arises regardless of where we are in our walk with God. Although we can't avoid temptation, we can surely overcome it. We must ask God to give us wisdom, strength, and self-control. The enemy will pervert whatever he can. But we must always remember that the enemy doesn't have any new tricks (Ecclesiastes 1:9). This world is filled with temptations, literally, they are everywhere. We must be unmovable, and fully dedicate ourselves to the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). When we indulge in the word of God, The enemy has no hold on us.