Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’ “ (Genesis 3:1)
The first human temptation. Note that God did not tempt humans to sin. God never tempts man. (James 1:13) No, that is the domain of Satan or the serpent. The serpent (Satan) has been tempting mankind since the beginning. He knows he cannot defeat God, but he thinks to hurt God by taking as many humans as possible with his temptations and lies. Just as he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden, he tempts us as well. Constantly. Daily. Maybe, sometimes, even hourly. Therefore, we must Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (I Peter 5:8)
Are we, therefore, lost? Not at all. As children of the Most High God, we have protection that others do not have: No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, Who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (I Corinthians 10:13) This protection is offered only to the children of God; He has not promised to protect those not in His family. Therefore, you need to submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7) Why? What makes the devil flee? Quite simply, you must draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)
Therefore, the next time Satan tries to tempt you, remember what Jesus said in John 10:28-29. He promised that as long as we are faithful to Him, no one can separate us from Him, no one can steal our salvation unless we, in and of ourselves, stray from that strait and narrow way by doing our own will instead of that of the Lord.
The answer is quite simple. When we are tempted, we need to remember that, no matter how attractive the temptation may be, and no matter how much we want to succumb to the temptation, we must remember that the temptation is tool of Satan, and God will provide a way to escape if we do our part by resisting the temptation and holding on to God.
What say ye?