As difficult as it can be living in this world some days, we are promised that for Christians, this life is not the end. We will inherit a great reward. When this life is over, we will see Jesus Himself and inherit eternity with God forever. However, there will still be great testing and temptation while living in this world. James 1:12 says, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
We know that James 1:3-4 says that the testing of faith will grow the Christian, so we will continue to be tested, but we decide if we allow those tests and trials to grow us in the faith or destroy faith. We decide if we want to give into temptation and follow the ways of the world, or overcome the same temptations that Jesus faced. This can feel impossible some days when it feels like it would be easier to give in and live as the world lives. So how can we resist this temptation? James 4:7 says, “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Humble yourself so you will be able to resist the devil. This is a daily task, not just a one time thing. Romans 12:2 tells us, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” If you resist the urge to copy the world’s behavior, you will see how God is transforming you.
So set your eyes on eternity and the reward you will gain if you resist the devil. Every morning give your day to God and glorify Him!