What makes temptation so alluring? - Temptation - TouchPoints

What makes temptation so alluring?

Genesis 3:6The tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious. . . . So she took some of the fruit and ate it.

Satan’s favorite strategy is to make that which is sinful appear to be desirable and good. In contrast, he also tries to make good look evil. If he can make evil look good and good look evil, then giving in to temptation appears right instead of wrong. You must constantly be aware of the confusion he desires to create in you.

1 Kings 11:1-3Solomon loved many foreign women. . . . And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord.

Often temptation begins in seemingly harmless pleasure, soon gets out of control, and then progresses to full-blown idolatry. But the reality is that the kind of pleasure that leads to sin is never harmless. Before you give in to something that seems innocent, take a look at God’s Word to see what it says. If Solomon had done this, he would have been reminded that his “pleasure” was really sin.

Matthew 4:3-9During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”. . . Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”

Temptation often offers short-term attractive benefits but comes with destructive—even deadly—long-term consequences. Temptation is often convincingly seasoned with partial truths twisted into lies.