As our last look at the Temptation of Jesus this week let's look into the time we spend in direct conflict with our enemy. That time is more likely more time than you realize...because it is nearly ALL THE TIME. Everything in life is spiritual even the things we wouldn't think...
Remember, Jesus wasn't tempted only these 3 specific times over those 40 days (the rocks to bread, the 'jump off the temple' and the bow to Satan). He was tempted through-out. Read it here:
where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry. (Luke 4:2 NLT)
Just as in a physical battle/war, there is always a threat that the enemy could attack. A soldier only lays down his weapon if he/she knows someone else (that he/she trusts) is on guard. Even then, the weapon stays close. Too often, we get blind-sided by temptations because we decided it would be ok to take a rest. Sometimes, we feel that we just endured a big temptation or struggle so we don't expect to have to deal with anything else right way. This type of thinking is folly. Remember this:
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. (1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT)
Our enemy chooses his timing using strategy. He sometimes waits for the right moment to spring his trap in our life. After Jesus had resisted him for 40 days: When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came. (Luke 4:13 NLT)
You will deal with this in life...ignoring it will only ensure failure. Being prepared to endure it and use the weapons of God's Word and your authority in 'who you are in Christ' will ensure Victory.
Finally, enduring temptation may be directly connected to the amount of time we spend in 'The Wilderness'. In the book of Exodus (in the Old Testament of the Bible), God's people spent 40 years to go on a journey that should have only taken a few days. There were many reasons for this but one was certainly tied to their unwillingness to trust God and rely upon His resources. The time you spend in the Wilderness can often be tied directly to your willingness to learn and overcome what is there. Stay alert. Stay committed to the power of The Word. Remember who you are. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
This Sunday The Way will be having a special gathering at the Holiday Inn (at 721 Granite Peak Drive) at 4:30pm. Be my guest as we worship and engage The Word together.