On every hand, there are temptations.  Satan is going to make sure that he doesn’t miss a trick to ensnare us.  And all temptations are not alike.  Some people are tempted by the allurements of the pleasures of the world; some by the attractions of material gain.  Some want power and prestige, and are willing to go to any lengths to attain it, while others desire popularity and are willing to sacrifice principles to gain it.  The sad thing is that most of these are risking life and soul to gain these worldly ambitions.


          Of course, there are some who are interested in heaven and try not to be overcome by sin and temptations.  Remember this, nobody is perfect.  Every now and then you will stumble.  Whenever this happens, have the courage to get up and try again.  It is not perfection that will take you to heaven, but a “stick-to-it-ness” and a faith in God and his willingness to forgive whenever you turn again to him with a penitent heart and a determination to be a better servant of his.


          Whenever a man is tempted, there are two things that he can do.  He can go ahead, sin and fall, or he can look for the way of escape promised by God.  (1 Cor.10,13).  Likewise, the one who sins and falls can do one of two things.  He can get up, repent and try again, or he can wallow in sin.  The longer one remains in sin, the harder it becomes for him to get out.  Peter says, “…for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” (2 Pet.2:19).  A sad truth is that one can wallow in sin so long that he loses any interest in things spiritual, and it becomes impossible to bring him to repentance.  He becomes entangled with the world and overcome by it, and Peter tells us that such a one would have been better off had he never come to Christ in the first place.  Listen:  “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They are again entangled and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” (2 Pet.2:20,21).