(They will come!)
May 04, 2002
Know that as you try to move closer to the Lord and His will for
your lives that the enemy will attack you at your weakest link! That
link may be at a personal flaw we have or may be our children, our
spouse, family, job etc. . It doesn't matter necessarily what our
weakness is just as long as we recognize it and allow the Lord to
strengthen us with His Word! His Word is a Sword that cuts through
the lies and deception that Satan offers in this world!
You are the "light" of the world:
*Matthew 6:14 says Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set
on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it
under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all
that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they
may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
God Almighty has chosen you as a vessel He can shine through to a
lost and dying world! So naturally Satan wants to come and attack you
with temptations. If he can get you to succumb to those temptations
then the "Light" cannot shine through a darkened vessel!
As long we see and understand his m.o. (method of operation) then
we can stay on the winning side. His m.o is to use what he can to
*Proverbs 1:10 says My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
The Lord God Almighty Himself breathed the very breath of life
into you, into me! With that understanding look at the word consent:
"Consent #14 'abah (aw-baw') to breathe after.
We must "breathe after" the Word of God and then victory will be
ours! Satan tempted Jesus Christ Himself in Matthew and Luke chapters
4. The only way Jesus Christ defeated Satan was by and with the
Sword, the Word of God! Here is an example:
*Luke 4:8 says And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind
me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God,
and him only shalt thou serve.
We must be able to say to the enemy when he comes "it is
written"! That's the only thing that will defeat Satan. If we try to
argue with him we'll lose each and every time!
Satan wants to make you feel inferior or ashamed for your
weakness. He wants to make you feel as if no one else has this
particular problem. Let's see what God says for He cannot lie while
Satan is not only a liar but the father of lies:
*1 Corinthians 10:13 says There hath no temptation taken you but such
as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to
be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also
make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
We all go through temptations; being tempted doesn't make us bad
only human! It's when we succumb to that temptation the sin arises
and our vessel becomes darkened.
We must learn to pray to avoid temptation that Satan brings at
us. Look at what Christ told Simon Peter:
*Luke 22:31 says And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath
desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
Note that Christ called Peter Simon here at first. Simon fully
translated means "hearing"! In other words Christ is telling Peter
to "hear with understanding" My next Words! Satan the accuser desired
to sift Simon.
"Desired" #1809 exaiteomai (ex-ahee-teh'-om-ahee) to demand for trial.
"Sift" 4617 siniazo (sin-ee-ad'-zo) a sieve which is a utensil with
holes to separate particles, to riddle.
Satan wanted to take Peter's life and sift him as the wheat from
the chaff. Jesus Christ was teaching Peter how he could come through
this temptation victoriously! How? By Prayer!
*Luke 22:32-34 says But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail
not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he
said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison,
and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not
crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest
*Luke 22:40 says And when he was at the place, he said unto them,
Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
Sure Peter loved the Lord and he really meant from the heart what
he had stated! The problem is that the spirit is indeed willing but
the flesh is weak! Prayer allows us to put the flesh down and make
our spiritual man stronger! We must "stay awake" spiritually so we
will not fall into temptation:
*Luke 22:45-46 says And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to
his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them,
Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
The spirit was sound asleep as the flesh. Jesus Christ taught
that we must "awake" spiritually and "rise". To "rise" comes only by
being alone with our Father in our prayer closet in prayer! Here is
the formula to keep from entering into temptation if we'll only take
heed and follow it! Prayer keeps us from entering into the door of
Let's look at this example in the great Gospel of Mark:
*Mark 14:37-38 says And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and
saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one
hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit
truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
In verses 66-72 of this same chapter of Mark you can read of
Peter's failure as he denied Christ. He fell into temptation and
denied Christ as his Lord. Today with our words, with our actions we
can and sadly sometimes do "deny" Jesus Christ! To see this fully we
must understand the word "deny" from the Greek. In the future I hope
(Lord Willing) to do a complete study on this word:
"Deny" #720 arneomai (ar-neh'-om-ahee) to contradict.
We can't say we love the Lord and then deny His way of life, His
teaching of love and good will, His command to go into all of the
world and preach the Gospel to a lost and dark dying world! Awake,
rise and pray! Temptations will come but we know how to win the
battle day by day letting the Light of Christ shine through!
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