Do you recall the setting where Jesus was tempted by Satan? After he was baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert for 40 days.
Ever wonder why the temptation account occurs in the desert? Satan does not attack us when we are strong; he attacks us when we are weak. Jesus was in the desert for 40 days and ate nothing. And, except for Satan who was tempting him, he was alone. We are told of three specific temptation interchanges, but I expect there were many more before the end of the 40 day ordeal. I expect the temptations were relentless covering every possible thing that Jesus might have longed for over those 40 days.
If you are in the desert Satan will come after you because it is there that you are weak. We can end up in the desert through many circumstances, but the crazy thing is that we often go there almost voluntarily. Okay, what I mean by that is that we voluntarily allow ourselves to become weak by not building safeguards around ourselves that protect us from temptation.
Dr. Charles Stanley teaches an acrostic called “halt” that I just read about. He says that “we can put a “halt” to letting ourselves be too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. That is, we are wise to eat regularly, experience the peace God offers, stay in fellowship with others, and get enough rest.” These routine practices will keep us strong and less susceptible to temptation.
So, if you want to “halt” temptation, build in safeguards that will protect you from becoming weak against Satan’s attacks. Dr. Stanley’s suggestions are applicable to all of us, but I bet you can think of even more safeguards that you know you need in particular, like an accountability partner who can help you stay on track in the weaker areas of your life.
Remember that Peter tells us Satan prowls around looking for someone to devour. Make sure you are not the next item on the buffet line!
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