In the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Edmund was easily won over the side of darkness by the wicked white witch. Her method was simple she appealed to his love for rich, sweet food, as well as for status and revenge. The Turkish Delight she offered him was delicious, and lit left him craving even more. So strong was its appeal that it led him to betray his brother and sisters.

The appetites of the world and the flesh are powerful and addictive tools or the devil. He appeals to our love for what satisfies our selfish and sinful desires and uses it to tempt, control, discourage, defeat, and destroy us. We crave power or money or food or alcohol or clothes or sex, even though we are in danger of sacrificing our friends, our loved ones, and even our relationship with our Savior to satisfy our desires.

When temptation’s darts assail us,

When in devious paths we stray,

Let your goodness never fail us,

Lead us in Your perfect way.

God provides the armor to withstand temptation, but we must put it on.


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