Victorious Temptation

Tough seasons come and go don’t they? When they come they hit hard and huge and our first thoughts are not always of the enemy and how he gets in to wreak havoc with our souls. No, we don’t always think of his sly techniques and his outright lies whispered into our hearts! We don’t often see clearly just what’s happening above our heads in the unseen world around us. I find it so intriguing in Matthew 4: 4, that Jesus, after he had been baptized by John and stamped with God’s approval, through His Spirit descending like a dove to light on His shoulder, was then led by this same Spirit of God into the wilderness to be trained for spiritual duty. How was He trained? Yeah, through fasting and prayer but also through rigorous demands of the Devil, the enemy himself. This perfect, spotless, sinless One, confirmed by God to be His beloved Son, was taken to the cleaners after he was taken to the wilderness, to be weakened with hunger! Our old enemy was our Lord’s enemy as well, those forty days and nights as he tempted Christ to show His credentials and turn stones to bread to satisfy hunger. Jesus answered him well, in verse 4, “Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” So devil, that didn’t go so well, did it?

Second round then and a visit to the Holy City, to stand on the highest point of the temple and then, sly guy that he is, our enemy quoted scripture from Psalm 91:11, in verse 6, as he blatantly tempted Jesus to throw Himself 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.”

Ahh, but Jesus also had an answer, “It is also written: “Do not put the Lord Your God to the test.”

Yet, a third temptation was put forth from a very high mountain with an offer of all the splendour of the Kingdoms of the world and again Jesus answered, this time with a rebuke, “Away from me Satan! for it is written, Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”

So when we’re on a rough road and the way daunting and we find ourselves at our weakest point, weary and worn from the boot camps of life’s training and then, when selfish passions make their play for us, remember who the enemy really is! Remember he was even brash enough to quote scripture to Jesus in His wilderness weakness, to get his way and ultimately attempt to take Our Lord down.

He’s roamin’ about now! He does the same to those that God has called forth and stamped His approval on. The enemy prowls around seeking whom he may devour but, At Christ’s word to leave, the devil left and angels came and ministered unto Him. So yeah, God’s own spirit leads us into some troublesome times but only to prepare us for troublesome times, and we can know if He’s taken us to it, He’ll take us through it and what a glorious moment when He sends His angels to minister! Oh yeah, it’s a glorious time when God’s angels care so much for our weakened, beautiful souls.


Take Time To Smell The Roses

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

It is an absolutely, wonderfully mild day and soooo “spring – like” day that I can’t believe it’s the same weather gracing our outdoors! πŸ™‚ The sun peeks through the clouds on occasion to dot sun splotches in mud puddles from the rains of days gone by and to cast hints of cheery brightness here and there on our green earth. Yes, spring is in the air and did I say I was delighted?

So yes, just take time to enjoy life today ~ to stop and smell the roses today and in spite of the struggles that have you caught in their cross fire, catch the sweet, fragrance of the delicate rose! Yes,enjoy the roses but  they come with thorns, so be careful. The sharp prickles are a natural element of their creation and are there to remind us to be gentle and thoughtful in our choices along the way or we can be easily hurt by the beauty of things. Things that look amazing and wonderful can sometimes put stars in our eyes, blinding us from the truth! They entice yet end up stinging and luring us into webs of deceit and bondage where freedom to choose isn’t an easy option, and a way out becomes difficult as we sink lower into our own selfishness and the downward spiral. So yes, enjoy God’s beautiful creation and catch the fragrance of the rose but take care and be ever so mindful of the thorns today.

Genesis 3:6
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”

James 1:14
“Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.”