“When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left Him until the next opportunity came.” (Luke 4:13, NLT)
The Message Bible puts it like this: “The devil retreated temporarily, lying in wait for another opportunity.”
We have an enemy. He is not a fairy tale creature. He is real. And he is waiting around, looking for an opportunity to attack. This is why it is so important to be sober-minded – to stay alert – to always be ready for the attack (see 1 Peter 5:8-9).
Make no mistake, the enemy knows your weaknesses. He knows how to tempt you to sin. Think about this. Really think about this – in all honesty. How will he attack you? Be prepared for the attack, so that you can fight back. Stay alert! Watch out!
While the enemy is looking for opportunities – we too need to look for opportunities.
Ephesians 5:16 tells us to “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” We cannot act thoughtlessly. We must prepare our minds for action. We are familiar with the enemy’s schemes, so therefore, we cannot let him outsmart us (see 2 Corinthians 2:11).
So how do we fight?
*Be prepared. Keep watch. Be ready for the attack.
*Gently and humbly help others who are struggling. Lift them back up if they fall or fail.
*Pray that you will not give into temptation.
*Abide in His Word. When you stay in the Word – study it, learn it, live it – you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you Free.
*When a temptation appears – Resist!
God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure (see 1 Corinthians 10:12-13). But you have to be willing to resist the temptation and take the way of escape.
With each resistance, you will find you become stronger.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (James 1:2-4, NLT)