“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself 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.’ ” ~ Matthew 4:6
1. Jesus set apart time to fast and connect with God. God set him apart to prepare him to birth his purpose. 40 days and 40 nights fasting! ( This is broken down in part one of the series.)
2. Immediately the devil came to test Jesus. He took advantage of his state since he hadn’t eaten anything or drank anything, for 40 days. He tested Jesus by acknowledging who he was and by trying to confuse him with his identity. He wanted Jesus to test God and his power, to prove he is the son of God. Jesus overcame by declaring the truth toward the enemy.
3. Let the enemy know that you are aware of his plans. In the moment of acknowledging his awareness declare the truth through scripture toward him.
Above was a quick recap of when Jesus was tested in the wilderness and how he was aware of the Devil’s scheme. Today we will hit point number 4.
After every fall of the enemy and very victory you gain; there is another temptation or test getting prepared to attack you. The victory belongs to God; so celebrate it but don’t claim it and take a break. Prepare yourself to discern what is coming next. For next time the enemy will acknowledge you again and misuse promises that God made to his children. He acknowledge him and stated in verse 6, “It is written” and then spoke God’s promise over him. If you don’t mediate on the word, you will see and hear the enemy but think it’s God’s promise to you! Be careful and feed your spirit right!
Be aware at all times during this part of your wilderness. Victory is sweet but can blind us when we become too much about it. It’s not normal to take a step back after a victory but do so in a different way. Take a step back and really look at what God had you overcome. Take a step back and see how overcoming that step or situation is going to prepare you for the next one. I heard in a video of Joyce Meyer a very good quote and very true, “New levels, new devils.” New levels, new devils!!! How real is that quote???? We might never know why it works that way but it does. However each level we get a new improved strategy to attack the next devil !
Here are some areas that might get attacked! The enemy distracts us with victories and always uses the least expected person or thing!
• Family members (spouses or children)
• Brothers or sisters from the congregation
• Your transportation (vehicle)
The areas that we think we don’t need to worry about, is usually where the enemy will go !!!
Hold on! Persevere! The Lord is your shepherd! He is your judge! He goes before you and he’s the defender behind you !!!!