No army general worth his salt enters a battle without a plan. He knows his strengths, his weaknesses, his tactics, his contingencies. Most of all, for his plan to be successful, he’s got to know his enemy. If he doesn’t, even his best intentions won’t keep him from being quickly destroyed.
When it comes to battling temptation in our lives, many of us assume that good intentions are sufficient. We really do want to overcome temptation. But then Satan comes after us, and before we know it, we’re back to our old, sinful habits. We may be surprised at how little resistance we offered. We’re left feeling defeated.
As long as we’re awaiting the resurrection, we’re going to have temptations. And we’re going to stumble—sometimes quite often. But we don’t have to throw our hands up and simply give in. If we know a little about Satan’s tactics, we can have much more confidence when he attacks.
1. Satan puts question marks in your life where God has put periods.