- “Then the Devil took Jesus to Jerusalem, the Holy City, set him on the highest point of the Temple, …”Matthew 4:5 (GNB).
“Then the Devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their greatness.” Matthew 4:8 (GNB).
It is not everywhere that you are taken to that is brought about by God. It is not everything you see that is shown to you by God. It is not every opportunity or open door that is from God. Sometimes, the Devil takes us to certain places or shows us certain things to tempt us. Yes, even as Christians, the Devil can still take us to certain places and show us certain things to tempt us. That is why it is important for us to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that we can discern what is of/from God and what is not of/from God.
It is not every opportunity that comes your way that is from God. It is not every job that is from God. It is not every man that approaches you for marriage or every C lady that you see that is from God.
Note that the Devil took Jesus to the Holy City. Even if that person looks holy or that opportunity looks holy, make sure it is from God first before you accept it or go after it.
- “All this I will give you,” the Devil said, “if you kneel down and worship me.” Matthew 4:9 (GNB).
The Devil was tempting Jesus with what Jesus already has.
Psalm 24:1 says, “The world and all that is in it belong to the LORD; the earth and all who live on it are his.” (GNB).
This means that what the Devil was showing Jesus what already belonged to Jesus. Jesus knew His identity and so He wasn’t moved. That is why it is important for us to know who we are in Christ. The first way to have an identity in Christ is to become born again; and then we must maintain a relationship with God through prayers, studying the Scriptures and fellowshipping with other believers.
When you are tempted to use ungodly means to meet your needs, remember your identity, who you are in Christ. Everything in this world belongs to God and if God is your Father, then everything belongs to you as well. Whatever need you have, take it to the Lord in prayer. Don’t go running to the Devil and sell your soul for what your Father has in abundance and is willing to freely give to you. Never compromise your relationship with God, purity and integrity to meet your needs and satisfy your desires.
- Even with what I’ve said above, there are times that we are tempted to sell our souls to the Devil.
Have you ever wondered why some women from wealthy homes still sleep around for money? Have you ever wondered why people with loving spouses still have affairs? The reason is because of greed. Most of them are not content with what they have.
We must be content with what God gives us. We know that everything belongs to God and we as His children will receive from Him freely but if we are not content, we will find ourselves yielding to temptation and falling into sin.
Be content with where God places you in life and with what He gives you.
- “Then the Devil left Jesus; and angels came and helped him.” Matthew 4:11 (GNB).
Temptations have an expiring date, they don’t last forever. God is always there to help us. He allows the Devil to tempt us but He is always there to help us.
Don’t give in to temptations. Stand firm. God is always there with you, He is there to help you.
“No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word – He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy].”
1 Corinthians 10:13(AMP)
GOD BLESS YOU!