Posted by: springsinthedesert | April 28, 2010

Fight Your Temptations

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him

        Mathew 4:11

The word ‘Temptation’ means ‘the desire to have or do something that you know you should avoid. The result of temptation often ends up in an unsatisfied state. Those who are on diet can understand this more clearly I think. Even after knowing the calorie content in a bowl of ice cream…you are just tempted to sneak in the middle of the night and grab that refrigerator door without waking up anybody. That first spoon was so alluring…second spoon so yummy which makes you say…’This small bowl of ice cream will not do any harm at all’. And finally when you have licked up the final drop of ice cream…you feel unsatisfied…you feel..”I shouldn’t;t have done it’ The feeling is the same no matter what kind of temptation it is.

If you read the Gospels, you will see that Jesus Christ was tempted after His forty days of fasting. Jesus was about to start his public ministry. All those forty days, He might have been in the wilderness, spending more time with God and preparing himself for His ministry ahead. Satan knew the best time to come into picture. His attacks are more when he see us spending more time with God and when He is preparing us for a ministry. Be very vigilant, because that is the time when he sneaks on us with his dirty tricks.

We all know that Satan tries to tempt Jesus three times. Every time the objects of temptations were different. If we look into our own lives, we can see that these are the same areas where he tries to tempt us with. In Mathew 4:2, we see the first temptation…

After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

Temptation to satisfy our needs

Satan tries to tempt us with our immediate needs. He knew that after forty days of fasting, Jesus would be hungry and he was. So he thought that tempting Jesus in that area will bring his plans to work out well. He may try the same trick with you and me…but our needs may not be food all the time. It may be the desire to indulge in a sin which may satisfy our immediate desires..or it may the temptation to choose a way that is pleasing to the eye…Whatever it is, at the beginning it might seem very appropriate and attractive to our eyes…but the end is always an unsatisfied state of mind.

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: " ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

Temptation to doubt God’s promises for you

He has often played this trick on me. In a way, Satan is sarcastically asking Jesus, “Do you believe that there are angels to take care of you…are you sure about God’s provision for you..if you are, why don’t you jump and prove it”, Oh…my dear child of God, how many times have we come across the same old dirty trick. How often has he asked us “If you are truly a child of God, then why are these promises not happening in your life..Do you still believe them?” Beware of him.

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."

Temptation to worship what is in this world and crave for authority

Satan tries to tempt us with authority, power and position…something many believers fall into. We are trapped by the glimmering glitters of this world and crave for something that is not real. Knowingly or unknowingly we try to worship what we see.

I’m glad that Jesus had answers for all these temptations. He answered him straight from the word of God and that is exactly what we ought to do next time he sneaks in with his same old areas of temptations. When we are successful in fighting the devil, we are not alone, heaven with its angels are there to attend us in all our needs.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour ( 1 Peter 5:8)

God Bless,

Rani John

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Responses

  1. Oh Rani, this was so good! I could see those areas of my life and the temptations . . .thank you so much for helping me see it for what it is and turn to Him instead! Love, deb

    • Deb,

      Its so true that he uses the same old dirty tricks even now…I often hear him question my faith in God…but the only thing that scares him is the Word of God and just like Jesus, we should be always ready with the right weapon…

      May God Bless You,
      Rani

  2. Rani,

    The most beautiful part is at the end of our temptations, there are angels waiting to minister to us and encourage us once again…if we do not lose heart and give in to the lies of the devil. And when we are tempted, the Lord will always provide for us a way of escape. But even when we fail, He still offers His redemption. At times, I pass the tests but many a times, I allow the lies of the enemy to have preeminence. But God alwaus brings me to triumphant. Thats why I need Him more today than I did years back.

    A very powerful post…and true indeed!

    Blessings and hugs,

    Gladwell

    • Gladwell,

      Yes, I love that part too…after all this battle…heaven and angels are there with you to minister to us….I was wondering how powerful is the Word of God…that the devil is scared of just few words that we utter…something which we often do not realize.

      God Bless,
      Rani

  3. Okay, fess up. You were in my kitchen last night when I snuck in to get that other half a candy bar that I didn’t need! Or was that God who saw, knew I needed to hear this, and gave you the words I needed to hear? What a timely post for me. Thanks. Peace, Linda

    • ha..ha. got you..I think it was Holy spirit there in your kitchen Linda…I’m glad that this came to you at the right time…:)
      God Bless,
      Rani

  4. Rani,
    What a vital lesson to a new or old follower of Christ. The ice cream analogy was perfect. I have often thought “just a little” or “just this once” when trying to justify doing what I know I should not do. Justification is the devils tool, and also the anthem song of the society we live in. God Bless
    Jim

    • Thank you Jim…I have said many times…’just a little’ and fallen into his trap of justification…But I’m glad our God is a forgiving God…Now, I make it a point that I will fight those temptations….not perfect….but still learning.

      God Bless,
      Rani


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