Many are those who blame God or the devil for their downfall. But we must understand that God does not tempt anyone, nor can the devil force anyone to do anything. We are in fact all tempted by our own desires. It is when we place our desires above God that we end up falling.
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” (James 1:13-15)
The devil is cunning and invests his time in studying a person’s actions, pinpointing their flaws and desires, and preparing the trap that will lead to their downfall. Regardless of our good intentions, it is our actions and reactions that give away what we secretly desire. All the devil does is feed the person more of that which they already desired, but it’s up to them to accept it or not.
Although the devil cannot read our minds, he observes our every move. He sees the way we act and react towards different situations and circumstances. He analyses us to see the types of things we are drawn to; what catches our attention and even the sins of our past, in order to know our taste and what we most enjoy and desire.
He will never try and tempt us with something that doesn’t appeal to us. For example, people like cheese, but the devil will never try and tempt someone with cheddar if they prefer mozzarella. He would first analyse the person to find out their favourite type of cheese and use that as bait to lure them in.
His traps are made to attract, like a mouse trap. He would offer you the best piece of creamy cheese you’ve ever seen or tasted. He would even lay down a red carpet before the cheese and say “It is ALL yours because you deserve it”.
As you run towards it – on your own two feet with no one pushing you; you don’t see the trap. All you see is the red carpet and that piece of desirable cheese until you finally take a bite and SNAP! You feel the bitter taste of that sin.
Sin always looks appealing and satisfying but has a horrible aftertaste. That is when the sinner begins pointing the finger at everyone but himself. They don’t understand that the devil only fed them more of what they already had in them.
The devil might have the power to show us the best piece of ‘cheese’ (temptation) but we have to be constantly vigilant of our surroundings and notice when it is a trap, set up for our downfall.