You’ve heard it said the Christian walk is one of valleys and peaks. I’ve learned when I experience a victorious moment, I must be cautious. It’s usually at these times “Ol Slew-foot” ramps up his assault. Equally true is, if we aren’t serving the Lord life can be easy. Satan figures he has us where he wants us. We are little threat to his agenda. However, when we walk with the Holy Spirit we’re in the eye of the storm and this is where God would have us to be. It’s only through battles that victory is gained.
Our Saviour is an example. If we were to remove the chapter division between Matthew 3 and 4 we’d see Jesus going from victory to sore trial. It‘s here the forces of Good and Evil met. There was no time to bask in peace after baptism. You might say Jesus had a baptism of fire.
It’s in these times of victory we should be prepared for battle. We can remember being born-again, baptized, surrendered to the ministry/mission field or rededicated our lives to Christ only to find ourselves facing a battle immediately after. There was no down time to relish what just took place. It’s time to put the armor on. When we take one step forward for Christ, the arch-villain will try to hammer us back.
“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungerd. And when the tempter came to him…” (Mt.4:1-3). The Bible says “when” the tempter came; not if. And notice Jesus was in a weakened physical state. Satan loves to go after us when we are vulnerable. When we are lonely, hungry, depressed or tired. Furthermore, Satan is goading the Lord as to who He really is. “…If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread…If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up… All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me…”(Mt.4:3, 6 and 9).
Many Christians hear the whispers of Satan as he tries to make us doubt our commitment to Jesus. I can hear him now, “If you were truly saved, you wouldn’t think that way. Do you really think God would call you to the ministry…etc?” Satan wants us to doubt and serve him. Service for him is easy-simply do nothing for God. Instead let us pummel the devil with Scripture the way our Master did. Only then will we experience the end result. “Then the devil leaveth him…(Mt. 4:11).