A woman had been shopping and had bought a dress that she knew she couldn’t afford. “Why did you do it?” asked her husband.
“I just couldn’t help it,” she replied. “The devil tempted me.”
Her husband countered, “Why didn’t you say, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan’?”
The wife answered, “I did. But he just leaned over my shoulder and whispered, ‘My dear, it fits you just as good in the back.’”
We make two costly mistakes when it comes to Satan: (a) we don’t take him seriously enough, (b) we give him too much credit.
The Bible is clear. “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
The temptation is on the enemy. But if you give in, well, that’s on you.
Recovery Step: The enemy is real, but he is not all-powerful. When you are tempted, you can always say no.