Sometimes people say, “Oh, I wish I didn’t have to work in an ol’ office. I wish I could be a preacher. I just wish that I could be a minister of the gospel so I wouldn’t know any temptations. Don’t you know that the devil aims his biggest guns at God’s preachers? Don’t you know that? Of course he does. So would you if you were the devil.
All of us suffer temptation. The minute you become a friend of God you become an enemy of Satan. And, when God opens the windows of Heaven to bless us, the devil opens the doors of Hell to blast us. That’s something that we need to learn. I tell these new Christians, when they come down here and give their heart to Jesus Christ, “If you’ve never met the devil, it’s because you and the devil have been going in the same direction. You turn around; you’ll meet him head on, if you’re a Christian.” Can you say amen to that? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.
There was one man who was—he worked for this mean cruel boss. His mean cruel boss wasn’t a Christian. This man was. He’d recently been found, but he’d recently been found by the Lord, or had found Christ, and he was somewhat unlettered, but he loved the Lord fervently. But, he was always telling his boss that the devil was dogging his footsteps and that he was having difficulty with temptation. One day they were talking about it while they were out duck hunting and the boss said to him, “Sam,” he said, “you’re a strange preacher. You claim to be a Christian and yet you’re always talking about wrestling with temptation, the devil always being after you.” He said, “I’m not even a Christian; I make no pretense of being a Christian. The devil never bothers me, how do you explain that?” He said, “Well, Boss, suppose we shoot two ducks. One of them falls dead and the other is still flopping in the water. Which one are we going to go after first?” “Well,” he said, “the one that’s still flopping.” He said, “That’s right boss. The devil knows you are a dead duck.” And that’s true. The devil doesn’t have to worry about some of you. He’s already—you’re dead—and at least if the devil’s after you it’s a sign of life. It’s a sign of life.
And, and there are going to be temptations. All people everywhere meet temptations. Whether you’re saved or whether you’re lost, but if you’re a child of God the strength of the temptation may increase, but the strength to overcome the temptation will increase also, and it makes it very glorious. But, don’t get proud. Don’t think that you come to the place where no longer you’re going to be tempted. That’s
absolutely ridiculous. The Bible says, “…let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). And, the proud man tempts the devil to tempt him. May I say that again? The proud man tempts the devil to tempt him. And, so there is a definite possibility when he is tempted.