Some of you may remember my post in early November Preparing for War, and Preparing for War pt. 2 in which I warned of Satan's Holiday tactics. As I have survived Thanksgiving and Christmas (knock on wood,) I have noticed that these tactics of Satan have been executed once again.
In my previous post I described how the process starts. You might have seen these plays used on you around Thanksgiving time. Now that Christmas is over I think it is interesting to evaluate how we all handled the temptations thrown at us (1 Corinthians 10:13.)
As I told my brother, if God hadn't of clearly warned me to watch out for Satan (1 Peter 5:8, John 10:10) and closely guard my thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5, Philippians 4:6-8), I would have undoubtedly fallen into the lust trap as I have so many times before. Fortunately, I promised myself I would stay in the Word and on guard throughout this Christmas break. When I am obedient, God is faithful.
Not only have I seen Satan try to trip me up with emotional lust and attachment, but I have closely watched it happen to many other people in my life, both this year and years past. Think of any dating or talking couple in your life right now. Have they not become closer throughout this holiday season? I've seen strong single girls sink into texting guys they know they won't be with during this time of year.
It becomes a sin however, when we take these desires to someone/thing before we take them to God. No person will ever completely fulfill us if we don't first learn how to rest in God. (Philippians 4:12) It is also a sin when these desires give birth to sin (James 1:15.)
So right now, in the middle of the Christmas break, before New Years, I ask that you would examine some things in your life and on your mind right now.
Have you recently seen a relationship spring up in your life that does not honor God?
Have you turned to a relationship or person to take away your impatience during this season of life?
Are your actions reflecting your faith in God or your ability to do things in your own power?
Are certain thoughts causing you to stumble? Where do these thoughts come from?
Do you feel as if you have distanced yourself from God over the past few weeks or month?