Spiritual Strength

It seems like right after I gave my life to God, I started being tempted in ways that I never imagined. Things that I used to do before without so much as a second thought, suddenly became a struggle for me. I know in my heart what I should and shouldn’t do, but I still struggle with the temptation. Luke 4:1-2 NKJV, “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.” After Jesus was baptized, He was tempted by the devil himself for 40 days. It doesn’t list every single temptation, but I can only imagine what the devil promised Jesus if He would just turn from God and worship him. Power, money, fame, food, authority, women, glory, who knows what else the devil tried to sway Jesus with for 40 days straight. For over a month, the devil threw everything he had at Him. I assure you that the devil is just as real today as he was 2000 years ago. We may not see him like Jesus did back then, but he’s there. Behind every temptation we face, day to day, the devil is trying his best to sway us. He may be using alcohol, or drugs to sway you. Maybe it’s women or money, maybe it’s the fact that you have been questioning if God even exists or not. I heard a quote somewhere that said, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled, was convincing man he didn’t exist.” I titled this post “Spiritual Strength” for a reason, we have to be strong in our faith to resist the devil. It’s not always going to be easy, in fact, most times it will be quite difficult. The devil will tell us that if we just give in, he can make us feel better. That if we just set our faith in God aside, life would be more enjoyable. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In the beginning of chapter 4 in the book of Luke, the devil took Jesus up to high mountain top and showed him the kingdoms of the world. Luke 4:6-8 NKJV, “And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. “Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord you God, and Him only you shall serve.'” The devil is going to offer you the world to turn from God, we have to have the spiritual strength to see through his lies. I don’t know what you may be struggling with today, but take comfort in knowing that just as you and I are being tempted now, Jesus was also tempted and prevailed! Luke 4:13 NKJV, “Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.” An opportune time, the devil will attack you when you are at your weakest. When you are beaten down, depressed, lonely, struggling, that’s when Satan will start his temptations. It says that Jesus ate nothing for 40 days and was hungry. That’s when the devil started to attack Him. When He was hungry, tired, and weak, the devil started tempting Him. The same is true for us today. The devil will wait until we are at our lows to start his attack. Hebrews 4:15-16 NKJV, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Jesus Christ knows us, He knows our weaknesses. He was tempted then just as we are now. We must have the strength to come boldly before God in our time of need, not to Satan and his temptations. God knows that we are not perfect, He understands the temptations that we face, because He also faced them.

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