It feels good. It makes me happy. There’s nothing wrong with it. I can handle it. Doesn’t God want me to be happy?
I’ve heard so many of these of these excuses from people who’ve given in to the lies of the devil. It’s sad really. It’s sad how many Christians throw in the towel of their faith for the temporary pleasures of this world. So many of the unsaved won’t give the Lord a second thought because their lifestyle makes them feel good.
Yet the pleasure of sin only lasts for a season. Yet so many people believe the lie that satan loves to use the most. Enjoy your sin and you will a long, happy life living for yourself.
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Hebrews 11:25
Season is defined as an indefinite period of time. Indefinite means we don’t know how long it will take place for. It could be a week or it could be years. That’s is exactly how satan uses this lie to appeal to us.
It feels good in the moment, surely it will feel good for the rest of our lives. Satan doesn’t warn you how your sin will destroy your family, your friends and those looking up to you. Satan doesn’t you that you’ll die of lung cancer when you first try smoking. Satan doesn’t tell you that you will destroy your marriage and children with a divorce when you start flirting with another man.
Satan doesn’t tell us the truth. When we believe his lie, we begin to enjoy our sin.
Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged Ecclesiastes 8:12a
From the outside it looks like their life is fun, put together. Others look on in confusion. Where is the judgement? We have to remember that we are only looking in from the outside. We don’t get to see their brokenness and real life until everything begins to fall apart.
We have to vigilant against the tricks that the devil uses. We have to remember that while it may look harmless, that things will certainly fall apart.
But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God. Ecclesiastes 8:13 (emphasis added)
None of us are above believing this lie that satan loves to use. We are all prone to wander. We have to keep that perspective in the forefront of our minds. We are all broken and when we remember that on a daily basis we can stay at Jesus’ feet.
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12
We all believe it at some point. Because satan is sly like that. He’s always lurking and therefore, we have to arm ourselves (Ephesians 6:10-18).
When people in your life fall into sin just wait for the pleasures of that sin to die off. It won’t be pretty as they try to pick up the broken pieces. Often times, they move on to a new sin to find that happiness they are desperately trying to find. When you’re tempted with your own sin, remember those examples in your own life that you’ve witnessed.
Ecclesiastes warns us in these verses that this is a lie and how we can have a prolonged life. It’s time to start focus on fearing the Lord!
yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: Ecclesiastes 8:12b
Through God’s strength, say no to the temptation and don’t believe satan’s lie.
Your turn! Do believe satan’s lies more often than you’d like? How to arm yourself against falling prey to believing his lies? Let’s talk in the comments below!
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