January 31, 2019

Luke 4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. ~ When reading the account of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, verse 13 reveals to us many things. 1. Every person, including Jesus himself, faces temptation at one time or another in their life. 2. It reveals to us that temptation is temporary and that it will pass. 3. It reveals to us that we can have victory over every temptation. 4. It reveals to us that the devil will try to come back at another time.

Temptation comes when the devil tries to pull you away by alluring to your flesh. The flesh and the spirit war against each other and have since the beginning of time. But just because temptation comes doesn’t mean that you’ve sinned or that you should be ashamed. Many times when the enemy brings temptation, he will often bring with it a feeling of shame or try to make you feel ‘dirty’ because you are dealing with ‘stuff’. That is a tactic of the enemy to try and get you to be afraid to ask for help and to keep you from crying out to God. If he can make you feel ashamed and condemned, chances are you are going to keep quiet and try to deal with it on your own but God says to boldly come to the throne of grace where you can receive help. How many of us have fought the fight of faith to win faith victories in our lives and then years later have that same temptation rise up against us. I’ve heard countless people say ‘I thought I was past this’ or ‘why am I dealing with this again’? My mom says it best. She told me one day that “it’s just the devil kicking the fence to see if there are any loose boards.” Whenever we win victory in our lives, the devil will come to try and steal it back. But it’s much easier to hold onto something than it is to try and get something. If you have won the victory in an area of your life, it’s your guarantee that if you will do that which you did to win the victory, you will keep the victory. Each time we submit to God and resist the devil he will flee. Ps 129:2 “Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.” Things from your past might try to rise up against you, enemies from days gone by might be kicking at your fence posts, but if you will hold fast to The Lord, submit to him, and resist the devil, he will flee. God is the one who is fighting for us. Put your hope and trust in him. Be fully persuaded that he is on your side fighting for you. That is God’s promise to you for victory in the midst of the temptation.

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