Saturday, November 4

Resist!

Scripture: Ezra 7-8, Luke 4

Luke 4:4 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone.’ ”

Luke 4:13 So when the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him until a more opportune time.

Observation

Each time Jesus was tempted, He answered the devil with an appropriate Scripture: “It is written…”. Jesus had vast sections of Scripture committed to memory. 

Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

When tempted, the Word was already there, ready to be used to resist. 

Notice that when the devil had finished, he wasn’t really finished at all. He lay in wait for “a more opportune time.” The battle is constant, which demands alertness. 

1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Application

Spiritual attack and temptation are very real. We ignore it to our own peril—we are likely to be devoured. 

What are my weak spots? My “opportune times”? My temptations? Identify those and then arm yourself with Scriptures. 

For example, I have struggled recently with judgment and forgiveness. I know the verses…I need to use them. The enemy would love to feed me anger, bitterness and judgment. I will resist! “It is written.”

Prayer: Lord, I can sometimes be oblivious to the enemy’s attack. Help me to be “alert and of sober mind” and resist as Jesus did.