In the last few years, I’ve come to see more clearly when the serpent is tempting me. I don’t always know, but it’s been easier to notice, especially when I keep in mind that I want to do what the devil doesn’t want me to do. I think it’s a pretty good motto for a Christian to live by: DO WHAT THE DEVIL DON’T WANT. Some examples:
- The last thing the devil wants me to do when I see a beautiful person is to pray for her. Instead, the devil would rather have me lust and abuse the woman. So what do I do?
- The last thing the devil wants is for me to start my day by offering it to God’s will. Instead, the devil would much rather have me forget God and go on with my life in my own selfish way.
- The last thing the devil wants is for me to forgive my friends when they betray me. The devil would rather me lash out and plot revenge.
- The last thing the devil wants is for me to ask God for help and trust in the Lord when chaos and danger happens. The devil really wants me to curse the day and turn my back on Him who is the o
only person who can truly help me.
I think you get the trend, right?
The better way is always the way the devil hates. So always choose the better, not the easier!
And I think you realize also that by doing what the devil doesn’t want, you almost automatically do what Jesus wants.
So do not let the devil win, because if he wins, you will always lose. But if Jesus wins, then you win too. And don’t you want to win?