The devil had no more temptations to offer that day, so he left Jesus, preparing to return at some other opportune time. Luke 4:13 (VOICE)
I’d love it if I had a day where this statement could be said about me. The devil had tried all the temptations he had to offer that day (and I had actually resisted all of them), so he left… Wouldn’t that be a great day?!?
Three things we should glean from this: First, we can resist all of the devil’s temptations. We have His Spirit in us that provides a way out for us – we just need to look for it and take it. Second, if we resist He will leave. He’s not always there, only when there’s a chance we are weak enough to give in to the temptations he offers. Third, even though he leaves, the devil will not stay away, he will prepare to return and look for a more opportune time to return and tempt again. Don’t be caught off guard. He is a “devouring lion” looking for any unsuspecting and unprepared prey. Stay strong in the Lord and in His mighty power! (Ephesians 6:10)