When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Luke 4:13 New International Version
Do not think that Jesus’ temptation ended after the desert. He returned numerous times.
When the Pharisees demanded a sign if he had of given them a sign, people would have believed in Him and he would not have gone to the cross.
Wasn’t the devil in Peter when he tried to talk Jesus out of going to Jerusalem to be crucified?
So too it is with us.
When the Holy Spirit releases us from destructive habits do not believe that that is the end of it. The devil will return at an opportune time like when you are weak. It was only by the power of the Holy Spirit that my prison of alcoholism was defeated. Many times when under stress the devil tempts me to blow it off by getting drunk. It is the same thing when I get bored or sometimes he reminds me of the “good old days’ getting drunk, eating pizza and watching a hockey game (Hey, I’m Canadian
eh. Growing up that was pretty much the national past time on a Saturday night in the winter).
Now, though the Holy Spirit has strengthened me to resist the devil and tell him with power and certainty that I belong to Jesus Christ now and am too busy to waste time money and energy on such stupid things. Besides, it is no fun riding the porcelain bus (sticking your head in the toilet and letting go) and then suffering from a hang over that makes me feel like something that came out of a dogs butt.
So if you have kicked a destructive habit through Gods grace, beware. It is when you think you are your strongest that you are your weakest.The devil is lurking nearby, waiting for you.
But, when you are in Christ, so too is the Holy Spirit, with His amazing power to conquer the destroyer.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Yehuan (God our rescuer) for Your almighty power that conquers the filthy dung that enslaved me for so many years. Thank you that that power is readily available whenever I need it. This gratitude is offered with the deepest appreciation in the name of He who conquered the dung king of hell Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.
- Attributes of the Holy Spirit – Part 1 (thevinevigil.wordpress.com)