However here are the 5 temptations Satan uses to conquer men’s souls.
1 The Enemy Stirs Up Pride.
“Pride leads to conflict –Proverbs 13:10 One of the most effective strategies the enemy uses to keep you defeated is to stir up pride. Satan fell because of pride, and he wants to take you down with him by getting you prideful. Don’t let yourself fall into it!
What is pride? Pride is defined as “an over high opinion of one’s self; exaggerated self-esteem or conceit, haughtiness or arrogance; self-esteem arising from one’s accomplishments or possessions; an exaggerated idea of one’s own dignity or important” That’s just the dictionary definition, and it’s bad enough! But the Bible goes even further in its description of pride by identifying it as one of the seven things that God hates. Proverbs 6:16-17 calls it an abomination to Him (AMPC).
Satan knows pride is the path to destruction and shame (Proverbs 11:2, 18:12), so he will deploy tactics to get you prideful. He’ll start whispering all kinds of things you want to hear in hopes that you will become puffed up. He’ll say thing like, “You know, you’re much better than those other Christians. You have more ministry skills, and you live holier.” If you fall for this tactic, before you know it, you’ll be having an extra high opinion of yourself. You’ll be walking in pride.
How many times do we see believers get into trouble because they get an overblown idea of themselves? They begin to think they’re so smart and have it all figured out. That’s a sure sign they’re listening to the devil’s whispering. Then, the next thing you know, they’re thinking they have to straighten everyone else out. Instead of just letting Jesus be Head of the Church, they feel like they have to step in and do the job. Once that happens, it’s just a matter of time before conflict arises, and they fall flat on their faces in failure. Why? Because the Bible says God resists the proud (1 Peter 5:5).
2 financial temptation.
The love of money is the root of all evil. Money can be intoxicating for men. In fact, Jesus named money as one of the main competitors to serving God. Men can be tempted to earn more or borrow more money than what they need. Thus putting important things on the shelf such as: family, quiet time with God and overall quality of life. All is vanity apart from the wisdom of God. Ask God to give you temperance in this area so that you would live debt free with Jesus alone as master.
3 Carnal experience, temptations.
Society doesn’t make sexual purity easy for Christian men. Through media, all types of attractive and sometimes under dressed women are systematically at them daily. This is why Paul instructed, “do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” carnal experience temptation can’t be avoided, it’s out there. Men, it’s your job not to act on it and flee at all costs.
4 Envy Temptation.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. – Exodus 20:17. Most men I know have a burning desire within them to compete. Greater than the need to compete is the need to win. If you are playing me in anything I am going all out to beat you. I’ll love you afterward, but I want to beat you now. That’s the competitive nature. While that is fine on the basketball court or PlayStation, this can be devastating when we carry it into our personal lives.
I know people who are always measuring themselves against what other people have or are doing. They get a new car, you get one. They do something new in their ministry, you do something new in yours. This can become a never ending, envy filled competition that blesses no one and puts your desires at the forefront.
God never called us to compete with one another. He called us to encourage and inspire one another. In the kingdom of God, when one wins, we all win (maybe not on the basketball court, but definitely in the kingdom). When one falls, we all fall. Work as hard as you can to do your best and make sure you are helping your brother do the same.
Do nothing out of rivalry or vanity; but, in humility, regard each other as better than yourselves – Philippians 2:3 (CJB)
5 Lustful Inner Life.
We can’t live a Christian life on the outside and nurture a life completely the opposite on the inside. Not only will this hypocrisy create spiritual turmoil, it will slowly draw you away from God. The heart is what matters most to God, not how Christian one ‘appears’ to others. Your imagination should be in submission to God. Everything in life has the potential to become an unnatural lust, because we still live in bodies that have a sinful nature. That’s why walking close to God is so important because if these things pop up he can point them out and more importantly help you root them out.