Flirting With Temptation

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. – Isaiah 40:8

That indeed is true because the words of God are active and alive.

Some verses that are too familiar for us have a different meaning in different seasons of our lives. Stories in the Bible can be too familiar that sometimes it amazes us when we learn that there is more to the story than what we know about it for the longest time. The prodigal son, for example, always just ends up to the part when the prodigal came back and that we failed to know the story of the other brother.

I was reading Matthew 4:1-11. In the 11th verse, I was blown away.

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “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.’[c]”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]”

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]”

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

Why did the angels appear only after the failed attempts on tempting Jesus?

Like they are the police in our old-fashioned movies who only appear after all the gun fire exchanges. Or maybe they were there at the end to celebrate the triumph of Jesus over the situations.

Why did they not interfere before the start or in the middle of that ordeal? Were they even there?

I really think that the angels were already there waiting for the right time to intervene or waiting for Jesus to call on them. Jesus walked on Earth like us mortals so he had the weakness of a mortal man too yet He survived it.

If we were Jesus during that time, will we be able to resist the temptation?

We really cannot say but it must have been very hard.

The attacks of the enemy are on things that we desire the most.

For me, the bread represents abundance or prosperity; the second attack is on our doubt sometimes if He is really there for us, and the third is on authority and power that we like to have.

The attacks of the enemy can be so loud that we might have not heard the voices of the angels because we were entertaining the voice of the devil.

We can rebuke him once and he will go away but sometimes he takes on to other stuff because he knows our desires also that can be our trap.

We have to be careful on dealing with things that we desire and things that chained our hearts. Because the devil is cunning that he can give us temporary things to make us feel good.

The voice of the enemy is so enticing and seems real. He himself can use the word of God.

We flirt with the devil.

Big words. We really do not realize it but we flirt and play with the devil.

Sometimes we know that his offers are wrong but we want to see how it looks. Sometimes even if we already have the biggest feeling that it is wrong, we still like to see the options. We like to see the offer. It started from the bread until it escalated to something bigger and that is to have authority and be the owner of the world.

But that does not come without an expense because the devil said that then you will have to worship him and kneel down to him.

When we are so consumed with the world and its patterns then our concerns are of the world also. Money becomes the god we serve. We become a slave to time. And we forgot the God that we know.

Resisting Temptations

We just have to rely on the power of the words of God to rebuke, and not our will power. Our will power is only enough to a certain extent but our God never misses if we just trust Him and pray to Him.

We can only survive the temptations if we are also humble.

In humility, we submit to the will of the Lord and not to the will that we know or we think we have.

Ultimately the verse 11 is one of the many promises that we could hold on also. The devil is so incompetent compared to God. Because of His grace, when we survive the attacks of the devil, angels will flock to you and they will attend at you. The heavens will be rejoicing.

So hold on to the words of the Lord. Meditate on it because His words will always make the devil helpless and he will just go away.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8

 

WRITTEN BY: JUNVER ARCAYNA

4 thoughts on “Flirting With Temptation

  1. Thank you kuya Jun for a great reminders! Inspiring and helpful especially during temptation attacks. God bless you and and your wife!

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