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How to Know How Satan Is Tempting You

In his book Tempted and Tried, Russell Moore suggests a way to think about how Satan may be tempting you:

Imagine you could do anything, you could make it happen exactly as you wish, and could then go back and reverse time so that it had never happened—no consequences for your life, your work, your family or Judgment Day. What would it be? Whatever comes to mind might be a pretty good insight into where it is your desires are being formed.

What would it be? Your answer will be different from my answer. We are unique beings, with unique desires and unique tempting. Wherever you could sin without consequence and without judgment, wherever you could fulfill an evil desire without fear of repercussion, that is exactly the kind of place Satan will tempt you. As he steers you toward sin, he will eventually convince you that you can sin without consequence. He will convince you that you can get away with it. After all, this is the lie he told Adam and Eve all along, namely, that they could sin with impunity. And while the times change, his strategies remain much the same.

Where you would sin if you could sin—that very well may be the place you will sin when you are tempted to sin.

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