What entices you? Our world makes its living by enticing us through one of our five senses. It’s not difficult to entice us!
Downtown Springfield has several specialty pizzerias. In the evening the smell of pizzas baking in the brick ovens is impossible to resist.
Many enticements are harmless, after all pizza is the ultimate food – bread, milk, meat and vegetable group all in one!
But to often the worlds enticements lead us to seek something God has forbidden. Those enticements always come with a price.
Solomon warns us in Proverbs one.
Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
Three keys to protecting ourselves as the world tries to entice us.
Resist Being Enticed Mentally
When someone presents us with a plan we think is better than God’s, it entices us!
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Have you ever been enticed to touch something with a, “Do Not Touch – Wet Paint,” sign on it?
Enticement draws us to something God has placed restrictions on or said we cannot do.
We must resist allowing that enticing thought to take root.
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Flee Being Enticed Physically
Sin progresses quickly, so a thought will never be enough. What was once only a thought, eventually demands a physical act.
At the start enticement says, “It’s OK, You can do this!” When sin completes its work we ask, “How did I get to this point?”
What we once thought was freedom, will eventually enslave us.
Fight Being Enticed Spiritually
“How did I get to this point?” usually means we have drifted far from God. The further we wander, the more right and wrong becomes blurred.
Eventually what enticed us away from God, will bring us into conflict with God. He will not just let us walk away.
Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Christ has done all that is needed to secure our salvation. But we have fought hard to win every inch of ground we have gained spiritually. Don’t surrender that ground to enticement.
Winston Churchill said, “We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
We need to defend the ground we have gained spiritually.
How have you been victorious in the battle with enticement?
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