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Be Wise To The Enemy's Disguise

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Temptation happens. It’s the big hook that tries to trip us up again and again. But it most definitely is not God who’s trying to trip us up; it’s Satan.

Temptation is his false advertising of a better way to get what we want … an easier and more pleasurable way of reaching our goal, fixing our problem, and satisfying our own desires — always in an inappropriate way that is outside of the will of God.

But while Satan sends the cleverly disguised temptation, all dressed up in the bait that appeals to us most, he does not force it into our hands. No, we are the ones who work the process and take the bait designed to trap us.

Temptation is a process: The allure of the lure draws us in; taking the bait hooks us and drags us away, and it never, ever ends well.

But the Good News is that God has provided a way of escape from temptation’s trap through the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ in us.

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God knows that our flesh is weak, but He’s made provision for us and will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear.

The key is to remember the consequences, remember God’s goodness, take your eyes off the bait and turn toward to the Word of God for strength in our weakness.

It’s Jesus who makes us stronger than we think we are.

It’s Jesus who makes us smarter than we think we are.

It’s Jesus who makes us braver than we think we are.

Apart from Jesus we can do absolutely nothing to win the war of the flesh (John 15:5b). But we can do all things through the resurrection power of Jesus who gives us strength in our weaknesses (Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 12:9).

Friend, don’t let the enemy play you for a fool another moment. Be wise to his disguise. Don’t take his phony bait!

You have life in Jesus Christ; you are a child of the King … the best of His creation. You don’t need what that bait is offering you; you have everything you need in Christ! And …

… you are greatly and dearly loved by the King!

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Punky Tolson heart’s desire is to help women fall in love with Jesus and live the life they were destined for. She has invested in the lives of women of all ages, teaching God’s Word, showing them how the Scriptures really do work in their everyday lives, and how Jesus makes all the difference. A writer, blogger, disciple-maker, and a passionate communicator of God’s truth, Punky (the nickname her Daddy gave her) speaks locally and nationally at women’s events teaching the Scriptures and sharing her life with her audience. Her story of finding identity, true love and lasting satisfaction in Christ is full of transforming truth; her amazing God-story of marrying at the age of 43 will captivate you no matter what stage of life you’re in; and her battle with breast cancer will reassure anyone experiencing any kind of difficulty that you are more than a conqueror in Christ. Along with her husband, John, she is co founder of The Tolson Group, a discipleship-based ministry in Dallas, Texas. Punky is also the host of the Life-on-Life podcast -- practical teaching and truth to help women know, love and follow Jesus … and challenge them to pass it on.




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