So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. (James 1:16, 17 NLT)
The best way to resist temptation is to get yourself into a position where the devil’s offers aren’t attractive.
I’m not saying this is easy, but I know that when we are satisfied elsewhere, the enemy’s offerings just lose their appeal. There is an old saying, “A fat fish takes no bait.”
James doesn’t just warn us to avoid incorrectly placing the blame for our times of temptation, he goes a step further by showing us the source of true satisfaction. It is in what God offers. James describes this as “Whatever is good and perfect..” God offers blessing and satsifaction. Jesus said, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” You get that? Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING Satan offers you is a trick–a trap–a path to death and destruction. The contrast to that is in what God offers, “a rich and satisfying life.”The enemy offers loss, death, destruction.
Seems like a no-brainer, right? It’s not that we don’t see the obvious advantage of what God offers (understatement), it’s that when we fail to delight in God and the riches he offers, we are open to attack, and we are left hungry for satisfaction. The devil distracts with what seems alluring and satisfying and because we’re spiritually starved we take the bait–hook, line, and sinker… But in the fullness of the satisfaction that God alone can bring, the temptation of our adversary will be obvious an unattractive.
So feast on the goodness of God. Go deep into the riches of his Word. Enjoy the fellowship of brothers and sisters in Christ. Sing loudly your heartfelt worship. Humble yourself in sacrificial service. These are some of the gifts God offers.
This is the good stuff.