We have all heard the saying “it takes two to tango.” While it so aptly applies to the dance, it also applies to life and temptation, especially sexual temptation.
But I am not talking about you and your girlfriend or boyfriend. I am talking about you and the devil.
So often we hear people excuse their missteps by saying the enemy was tempting them. I’ve used it myself. While I firmly believe there is an enemy trying to steal, kill and destroy us, I also think there is part of the equation we so often ignore. And that is the person looking back at us in the mirror every morning.
We fail to accept the responsibility of our decisions because we know there will always be a way out – blame Satan. Satan is real, and he is active here on Earth, but he isn’t the only one we should blame. We have to accept some responsibility sooner or later.
Satan tempts us to compromise our standards and go against all we know we should do. But, we also make a conscious decision to cave into these desires. We make the conscious decision to sleep with that person. We make the decision to let our hands and eyes wander to places where we should not lay them. And it is us who choose to act on these desires.
The enemy thrives on these times in which he dances with our sexual
desires. He knows that he can win. That is, unless we switch dance partners.
See, while dancing with the devil can prove to be instant gratification,
there is someone who will give us eternal gratification. When we dance with Christ and get to learn his steps and his moves, we will be able to say no to the enemy.
When we find ourselves dancing with Satan, we will be able to realize his steps are different than those we have already learned. We will be able to tell something is wrong, and we can run back into the arms of God. Because it is God’s steps in which we will find comfort, peace and fulfillment.
Get into his word. Spend time with him. Grow in him so that, when Satan asks you to dance, you’ll turn the other way.