Monday, 14 December 2015

The 3 phases of the Desert: How to overcome temptation?

Who wants to go to the desert? Nobody, right? However it is necessary and inevitable in the life of the servants of God; the Lord Jesus himself was led into the desert. To leave the desert as a winner, the deserts that you will go through in your life and to overcome temptations, you need to know what the strategy of the evil and at the same time observe its reactions because the final outcome will depend on this.
Let's see the step-by-step of the temptation of Jesus: “Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4: 3, 4.
            The first devil's weapon to make us fail is the doubt, see: "If," thou art the Son of God: trying to put doubts and encouraging Jesus to show that He really was the son of God. Jesus had the power to do it but He would be obeying to a suggestion of the devil and that was wrong. Is not it that the devil often wants to put into your mind: you are not of God, you cannot do it, you are not capable, you will never be a spiritual woman, ever! Against all this do as Jesus, use the word of God. The intention of the devil is to make us sin and thereby disqualify us as Christians and make us weak and vulnerable.
“Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the Temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘in their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” Verses 5 and 6
Second assault: not giving up trying to infiltrate the doubt, now he makes use of other weapons too. Jesus answered him using the word of God, so he also wanted to answer with a biblical passage, right? Likewise he does these days saying, Do this, no one is watching. It is written that God forgives a lie that matter. You can sin and then ask for forgiveness, nothing will happen, God's love and mercy.
To make someone fall, the devil deludes her showing part of the scriptures, but never mentions the part that the person must know; he would never speak God is love, but also justice and what you plant, you will reap. So beware! Be smart friend and do not be fooled. Seek to know God's word for you to defend against the attacks of the devil, just as Jesus did.
“Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Verses 8 and 9.
Third assault: Not having success in the first two attempts, the devil strives once again to overthrow Jesus, now showing the brightness of this world. That's how he has gotten many. Getting in through the eyes, making you desire this world, offering fame, wealth, position, popularity, that handsome boyfriend you've always dreamed of but he’s an unbeliever. All of this through bad behaviors; in other words you worships the devil with your wrong attitudes displeasing God, and in return he gives everything you want, materially speaking, of course. See that he did not give up at the first try. He tempted Jesus three times. Many win the first temptation, but then fall. He wanted Jesus to surrender, but again Jesus resisted and the angels came and served Him. How wonderful!
            “Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.” "Verses 10 and 11
            This is the secret, to reject and to expel evil thoughts. Give orders for the evil to leave; that's what you have to do. Do not feed, listen or act on the proposals that evil presents to you. In the end the angels will come to serve you.  How about you, how have you been overcoming your deserts? Have you been weak and reacted strong? Tell us your experience.


Unknown said...

Yes the Devil tried same with me. First he kept me behind with a guy I felt was everything to me, I had to disobey my flesh but it took me time and was bitter when I did that, he saw me getting strong in faith and brought a modelling job to take me out I resisted and now with the Armor he brought negative thought I did rebuked him and I know for sure he won't stop, therefore I also won't stop seeking the Holy Spirit guidance and meditating in His word as to prove to Lucifer that I am no longer his instrument.

Tshegofatso Malwale said...

"I am sending you out like sheep amongst wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. " Mathew 10:16

What caught my attention :

Not Succeededing the first and second time,the devil came the third .Showing Jesus the brightness of the world. This Is How he got many.

Many of the times when the devil places such thoughts in our minds, we do not realize that it is him.

We take such instructions lightly and think we will not be tempted.

I never thought of it in thus manner.

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