Satan is so cunning that he was able to deceive Eve into sinning. Her response to his question (Gen. 3:1-2) reveals that she knew exactly what God had told her. Aren't we just like that today? We know precisely what the Word of God says, and yet we often fail to obey Him.
Do you spend more time indulging your desires-even if that sometimes means bordering on sin-than you do meditating on Scripture and praying? We have an enemy who is not only wily and intelligent but also savage and relentless. His goal is to alienate you from your Creator, stunt your growth as a believer, and minimize your impact for God's kingdom. He knows your weaknesses; he also knows how to surprise, lure, and camouflage.
This is why it is imperative for every believer to maintain a strong defense by means of vibrant, abiding fellowship with Jesus Christ. He is our refuge, and His Word is a very effective weapon.
The Lord is holy; Satan is evil. Learn, therefore, to react to temptation with the understanding that its source is an evil enemy bent on stealing your joy and destroying your effectiveness as God's child. Then turn to the Lord and ask Him to help you overcome. He is the One who is able-and eager-to give you victory.
Remember: "Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). Develop a reflex to turn to the Lord when Satan throws his darts. Pray, "Thank You that I am Your child. Please protect me." And God, who is faithful, will lead you through the way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13).