By Layton Dutton

Associate Pastor of Youth

Calvary Baptist Church

Evart

Most of you have probably heard the fairy tale of the three little pigs. The first little pig built his house out of straw. The big bad wolf came along and he huffed and he puffed and blew that straw house down. The second little pig was a bit smarter and built his house out of sticks. The big bad wolf came along and huffed and puffed and puffed and huffed and finally blew that house down as well. The third pig was the brightest of them all and built his house out of bricks. The wolf came along and he huffed and he puffed and puffed and he huffed and he blew until he was sick, but that house never fell down.

All three pigs had the same enemy. All three pigs had the same ‘wind’ blown their way. But only one stood up through the storm. Actually, the stronger the house, the more the wolf blew; but it didn’t matter because the house was built firm.

I thought of that story today in thinking about the topic of temptation. Many times we like to blame the temptation coming at us for our decision to sin and go against God. We blame the people around us, commercials, bad policies, or the attractive way some ungodly action is portrayed. We blame everything else that is coming at us, but neglect to look at our part in the sin.

The wolf blowing upon the pig’s houses was terrible and it would have been great if the enemy had simply left, but he didn’t. Your enemy, the devil, isn’t going to simply leave either. Temptations will continue to come. We can attempt to curtail them and try and put ourselves in less tempting situations. Those are good things, but the biggest change needs to be the heart.

Christ said, “For out of the heart comes evil thoughts…” (Matthew 15:19) and Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

The winds of temptation may blow strong around you, but if the heart is set on God then nothing will knock it down (Colossians 3).