What’s your weak spot?
You’ve got one, of course, as we all do, and Satan knows exactly where it is.
He’s lurking around, watching, waiting, looking for us to let our guards down, then he attacks.
One thing that makes it so difficult is that he often uses something in us that’s harmless. He takes a good desire and makes it bad.
Here’s Eve’s tragic mistake:
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate (Genesis 3:6).
We often think of the forbidden fruit as an apple, but we have no idea what it was.
Whatever it was, though, it looked good. Tasty. Delicious. Satisfying.
And there was nothing wrong with Eve’s hunger . . . God had given her the perfectly natural desire to eat.
Satan took that desire and used it against her. Her hunger, at least in part, led to her fall.
The old serpent’s still using the same tactic. Think about it.
There’s nothing wrong with our desire for things—clothes to wear, houses to live in, life’s necessities. But when that desire runs amok—which it often does—it’s called greed and materialism, and it’s ruined millions of lives.
God gave us a sexual desire—it has blessed husbands and wives since creation. But when we forget the parameters God established, we engage in sexual immorality. Chances are you know some folks right now whose lives have been turned upside down by sex outside of marriage.
We have an innate sense of self-protection and self-love—it motivates us to eat, to protect and provide for ourselves and our families. But misguided self-love leads to selfishness, self-centeredness, and pride.
Do you see how Satan works?
He takes something completely natural, totally innocent, and uses it to undermine your relationship to God.
Watch for it this week. Identify the desire in you that Satan is using to cause you to sin.
Often the best defense against your enemy is to be aware of what he’s doing.