PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Knock outMicah Simpson
Luke 4: 13 "When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time."
The devil did not hold anything back when he was attempting to tempt Jesus. Like a professional boxer, calculating his punches, the devil set in with one temptation after the other, hoping to knock Jesus to the ground. We must also remember that Jesus was fully man, so these punches were not easily absorbed into his abs of steal, these punches hurt, and they most likely caused Jesus to take a few steps back as he tried to recall the scriptures, and to remember that Gods promises and grace were much stronger than the punches the devil was throwing. And this would not be the last time that Jesus would see the devil, because the devil was waiting for the right moment to strike again.
You can be sure, that just as the devil tempted Jesus with all the best offers that he had in his arsenal, he will do the same to those who follow Jesus. You can do your best to deny that the devil won't tempt you, but in reality, he is on mission to knock you out whenever the opportunity presents itself. It tells us in 1 Peter 5:8, to "Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." Even if it seems like I have everything together, and that the devil couldnt possibly do anything to me, I must not let my guard down because the enemy would love to find an opportunity to strike.
Lord I pray that I would daily think about the armor of God, that I would find my strength and protection in the armor that you give me. I pray that I would live sober and on the alert, not being naive or foolish, but rather, discerning what the will of the Lord is and striving to accomplish his will for my life. I Pray that Just as Jesus overcame every temptation, that you would give me the strength to do so as well, and that when the devil looks for another opportune time, that I would be armed and ready to face the attack. Holy Spirit give me strength, and please guide me and lead me, as I cannot fight this battle alone! Amen.