5 Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. 7 I will give it all to you if you will worship me.” 8 Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’[c]”
The enemy is very clever. He is defeated, but he is still very clever. He tempted Jesus at His weakest point, after 40 days of fasting in the desert. He tempted Him with some of the most primal desires – physical satisfaction, power and safety. Even in His weakened state, Jesus stood strong, quoted God’s word and resisted temptation. This is the best example of how we can do the same. The enemy will attack at our most vulnerable point. Many times our most vulnerable point is in our strength. Often, I get distracted from ministry by outside work; I’m given the opportunity to do something in my strength that distracts me from God’s work. I’m also very vulnerable when I’m stressed. I tend to more quickly justify the sin because I’m under pressure.
I must improve at resisting temptation. I must remember God’s promises for me and have the strength and courage to make the right decisions when I’m most vulnerable. When I recognize that I’m being tempted I need to get myself away from the situation. King David’s life was forever changed when he sinned with Bathsheba. That event caused him irreparable pain and suffering and I’m sure that, if he had the chance to do it again, he would’ve made a different decision. If he had just gotten off the roof at the moment he saw her, instead of lingering and lusting. So, I use the term “get off the roof.” When I’m tempted, I tell myself to “get off the roof” or get away from the situation. Many times, just walking away and asking for God’s help to resist makes all of the difference. Imagine the incredible legacy of King David without the ugly black mark of his sin with Bathsheba and all of the consequences of murdering her husband. God wants us to succeed, He wants us to resist sin and temptation; we just have to sincerely ask for his help and He will provide the strength and courage to get off the roof.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please forgive me for the innumerable times I’ve given in to temptation and sinned against You. You have proven that if I just call on Your name, You will provide a way for me to resist, but most times I simply don’t want to. Please create in me a heart to want to do what You want me to do, not just satisfy my own desires. Help me to have more discipline, strength, and courage to follow Your ways.
In Jesus name,