The Temptation of Jesus, Pt. 8

And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.  And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

Luke 4:12-13

After trying three times, the devil decided to stop trying to tempt the Lord Jesus.  The respite would only be temporary, as it usually is for us.

We, as Christians, are often tempted by the devil.  We can find many promises in the Bible that we can claim, promises of victory in Christ.  In fact, the Bible tells us in James 4:7 to “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  If we will submit ourselves to the Lord and will resist these temptations, the devil will flee from us.  But only temporarily.

As long as we live in these bodies of human flesh and as long as we walk on this sin-cursed earth, we are always going to have to deal with temptations.  We might get some seasons in which the temptations are fewer and weaker, but they will always be with us.  Just as the devil left tempting the Lord Jesus “for a season,” so will we get some “seasons” in which he is hard after us.  But those seasons will be few are far between.

The key for us is to not succumb to those temptations when we are faced with them.  We can battle the devil, using the Word of God, prayer, and faith in the victory that the Lord has already given us.  The battles may be long and hard, but we can rest assured that rest will come.  Temptations do not last forever and the battles to avoid them do not last forever.

If you find yourself in a season of temptation, take courage from the example of our Lord and continue to resist the old devil!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben as one of the elder statewomen in our congregation says “All things come to pass.” The devil cannot attack forever!

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  2. I love the encouragement in this, that the attacks and battles don’t last forever! God bless you, Ben!

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