The attack usually is in an effort to draw us away from God, and His
That sneaky old devil will cause you to question this relationship you have with God. He will do so by leading you to the thought of "Real Christians don't have thoughts of using.....you must not really be in a relationship with this God you claim to believe in."
The funny part (Not ha-ha funny..but strange-funny) is that the devil goes right after us in his attacks. He calls into question the work that Jesus has done in our lives (us being saved). Notice that he never ever challenges God...he challenges us. He wants to plant the smallest seed of doubt in our minds so that we will hesitate just for a moment instead of turning and running to God. Remember that Eve messed up after the devil asked her a question that contained only four words...."Did God really say?"
V.3 - The devil said to Him (Jesus), "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread."
Here again is part of a subtle attack to turn us from truth that will protect us. The devil not only questioned Jesus' position as the Son of God, he told Him to take matters into His own hands, rather than seek God, the Father. Isn't that what happens to us whenever we come under that dark cloud that whispers to us...."Hey! Life is hard....why not go use just this once....no one will know." We forget that first step in the Twelve steps..."We admitted that we were powerless." I can never drift from that truth....If I am powerless, then why is it I give in and take matters into my own hands, creating even more destruction. I give everything I've worked for to pursue a feeling. It isn't even a good feeling, or one that will last. I allow myself to crawl back to that well that I've drank from for a long time. The well of empty promises...."Go ahead and use...you know you want to....it will be so good..." Lies, all lies.
The devil came after Jesus with temptations to sin against God. Doing so would have disqualified Him from being the ultimate Sacrifice for the sins of others. We need to learn this lesson well....
Every temptation that we face by our enemy, the devil, is to cause us to disobey God. Satan's design if for us to give in and disobey rather than to resist and offer ourselves , our bodies, as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). The devil desires that we indulge our flesh (sin nature) rather than crucify it.
I Peter 5:8-9
"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers (and sisters) throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings."
And they overcame him (devil) because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.
Ponder these things today...
God on you...