It had been a 70-degree day and the evening was still warm. Taking Maemae and Charlie out for their last stroll of the day, I noticed a small snake on the front porch. It was difficult to tell the kind of snake, and to get that close meant I had handled it, and by that time, the snake would likely have bitten me. All snakes bite, just some hurt more than others. Sin is a little like a baby snake. You see a temptation; it might appear small and harmless but if you take it closer it will end up biting you. Christians are tempted to sin as much or more than anyone. The truth is, Satan is not going to waste his time enticing those who have already fallen. He is going after those who are trying to be faithful and obedient. We get tempted to sin every day. One of the most important things we can do is to not hang around sin for very long. There is an old legend about a conversation between God and the devil. They were talking about a young man who always had been strong and faithful but had fallen victim to giving into temptation. Amazed, God asked Satan, “How on earth did you tempt him?” And Satan said, “He wandered into my territory, and after that, the rest was easy.” Don’t wander into enemy territory today.
– Dr. Tim Thompson