I don’t know about you ~ but I’ve had enough of the devil acting like he owns this world and pushing me around.
I have one thing to say to the devil –
This ain’t the garden of Eden and I’m not Adam.
It’s bad enough that I have a sinful nature while living in this world - thanks to Adam – but it doesn’t mean I am going to give the devil free rein over me and that I am powerless to stop him.
When we resist the devil – we make a statement that we won’t be persuaded by his temptations.
James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
God has warned us that the devil is present in this world –
1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
Ephesians 6:12 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
So, with these warnings against him, and our faith in the fact that we know he is going to lose in the end – why does the devil continue to harass us with his temptations?
BECAUSE HE CAN
Know this ~ the devil WILL lose – at the point that he is cast down for 1,000 years – but if he has managed to tempt you – to distract you from God – at the point that you die – when ever that might be –
YOU WILL LOSE – FOREVER
But with warnings, God always gives us promises that we will not be alone in our vigilance ~
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Most of my life, thanks to my wonderful immersion in Sunday school, I have believed that I sin every time a bad thought comes into my head – and further more – I must be a particular bad sinner since I am tempted on a regular basis.
Being saved by the Grace of God means we are saved for eternity – but it does not mean we will no longer be tempted –
Well, now I know that I have not yet sinned at the point that the devil knocks on my brain with one of his thoughts catered just for me. Nope.
The point where I take over and become the sinner is when I entertain the thought that he has given me.
Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Was Jesus ever a sinner while in this world? Of course not – and yet – right after being baptized and even after God showed his pleasure in his son – Jesus was STILL tempted by the devil!
So what was it that finally made the devil go away?
JESUS DID NOT BACK DOWN
I believe that Jesus stood on the supreme authority and word of God.
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
The most important part of his stand against the tempter was that Jesus spoke to each temptation!
So the next time you start feeling less of a Christian because the devil is tempting you – DON’T!
I have tried “being a good, strong, Christian” by just ignoring the devil’s temptations – but unless I speak against each temptation – while standing on the authority and power of God’s holy word – the temptation will not go away and will just become larger and harder to ignore.
No, this does not mean I have become a babbling idiot on the street. It simply means I speak to each temptation in my mind – even in those times when I am exposed to temptation while in public – perhaps a group of friends at a party, etc. Sometimes, speaking privately to the devil’s temptations, also requires a public refusal. This can be much harder to do, but I think is even more important as it gives us a chance to be a witness for God as well. Will this make us the most popular person at the party? Most likely not – might even set us up for some uncomfortable public ridicule.
But are you in this world to make friends and be the most popular person at a party?
Being tempted is part of the whole deal!
The next time the devil knocks on your brain – stand your ground by answering each temptation with the authority and power of the holy word of God and see how fast the devil will flee from you!