While reading a Washington Times article on Tiger Woods recent struggles, I scrolled down to check out the comments.
One in particular, most likely a Greek saying caught my eye:
"Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make great."
Of course I believe in the one great God, but the principle remains true... in regard to our adversary.
The devil too Jesus to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time and said to Jesus, 'All this power will I give you and the glory of them: for it is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will give it. If you therefore will worship me, all will be yours." (Luke 4:5-7)
Of course the devil is the father of lies (John 8:44) and seeks nothing more than to steal, kill and destroy us (John 10:10). Life more abundantly however is found in Christ as we live in the Spirit (John 10:10).
Yet the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life tends toward destruction if we allow ourselves to be immersed and engulfed by it. These are undoubtedly a snare to the soul, dwarfing our potential and thwarting our purpose.
If we will but humble ourselves and go on bended knee to our Creator He will uphold us and lift us up over every temptation and trial and carry us into our personal promised land enabling us to joyfully live purposefully as we daily love and give God the glory.
http://www.PaulFDavis.com - speaker and author of "Stop Lusting & Start Living"; "Adultery 101"; "Breakthrough For A Broken Heart"