Our relationship with the Lord must be one that is very close and intimate. We cannot expect to have that intimate relationship with Him if we are trying to serve Him from afar. There is no such thing as a long distance relationship with Christ and it must be without a divided heart and soul. (James 1:8).
Victorious living comes through faith in Christ and the Cross. However this does not exempt us from problems or temptations. Temptation comes to each and every one of us and in different ways to different people.
Temptations are designed by the enemy of our souls to draw us away from God. But God desires that they draw us to Himself. It is easy to draw near to God when things are going well…Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm… But when the temptations come and strongly test and try our faith in Christ and the Cross how do we respond. When we look to ourselves in times of temptation we will fail. But when we look to the Cross in faith, he will make a way of escape for us. 1 Cor 10:13. And we can draw near to Him……“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded” James 4:7-8.