In a cottage in the woods as Snow White bakes a pie, the evil queen comes knocking at the door dressed as an old lady. “All alone, my pet? The little men are not here?” asks the evil queen. Poor Snow White is unaware of the evil she is about to let into her home. Once inside the cottage, the evil queen takes advantage of her vulnerability with the promise that her wishes will come true. All she has to do is bite into the apple. One small bite was all it would take. The beautiful apple and the promise made by the evil queen are enough temptation for Snow White to take a bite.
That one small bite would put Snow White into a deep sleep and only a kiss from her one true love, the prince, could bring her out of the sleep. Thankfully for Snow White, it is just a fairy tale and her prince does come to rescue her. They live happily ever after and the queen’s evil plans are thwarted.
We can learn a lesson from Snow White. Like the evil queen who looked for a time when Snow White was alone and vulnerable, the enemy looks for our guard to be down. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
The enemy waits for the right moment like the evil queen did and he makes his move. Like the evil queen used an apple to tempt Snow White, he used an apple to tempt Eve and he will use all kinds of things to tempt you.
Snow White took a bite out of the apple because she wished for love. She longed for the day her prince would come. The enemy is a master at using the same trick. “You want love? If you go just a little further with the guy you like, he will love you.” The enemy is cunning, “Come on, just a little further and he will love you. I promise it will be okay. Besides, everyone does it.”
That one bite may taste good at first and you might even take another. Whether it is one bite or the whole apple, you will soon find out it is not at all what he promised. Regret, heartache, and often a sense of shame are what you receive when you bite into the apple of temptation.
Lucky for us, we have a real prince, not like the make-believe ones in the Disney movies. He is the Prince of Peace, also known as the King of kings. His love for you is so great that He gave up His own life for you. His name is Jesus. When you call on Him and ask Him for help, He will rescue you from whatever false promise you have bitten into. There will be no judgment from Him, just love and forgiveness.
If you have been tempted by one of the enemy’s lies, please do not let another day pass allowing him to have a hold on you. Your prince, Jesus, will come if you pray and ask Him to forgive you for your choices.
Here is a prayer you can pray:
Jesus, my guard was down and I believed a lie of the enemy. My choice to _________________has left me feeling ______________. I don’t want to go on like this anymore. Please forgive me, Jesus, and help me to walk in Your ways. I need You, Jesus. Amen.
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