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Dealing With The Devil

  • Again, the devil took him to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory. He said to him, 'I will give you all of these things, if you will fall down and worship me.' Then Jesus said to him, 'Get behind me, satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and you shall serve him only.' ' Matthew 4:7 WEB

    Jesus was now a young man of about 30 years old, gifted, pure and sinless, completely dedicated to His heavenly Father. He caught the attention of satan because He was different from the rest. The others were easy to seduce and fell on their own when given the right opportunity. Jesus had not stumbled yet, so satan decided to try and buy Him with various deals.

    As Jesus looked out over all the kingdoms of the earth, satan told Him that he would give Him all of this. Power, glory and riches could all be His and without having to wait for it or going to the cross. He could just shortcut all of that and have it right now by compromising. Jesus basically told him to get lost.

    I have a feeling that each time God is about to do something powerful in your life, heavy temptation comes first to test you. Jesus was about to be raised up into a powerful ministry, but first He had to pass through temptation. Jesus passed and came out of the desert in the 'Power of the Spirit.'

    When we resist temptation, it will leave. James tells us: 'Be subject therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you' (James 4:7).

    Peter tells us: 'Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Withstand him steadfast in your faith, knowing that your brothers who are in the world are undergoing the same sufferings. But may the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you' (1Peter 5:8).

    Notice that 'suffered a little while' is followed by 'perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you.' The reward is on the other side, it is enduring, resisting, going through it.

    How many times have we missed opportunities and anointing because we chose to do the wrong thing, at the right time, giving up right before the breakthrough? It would be painful to know. The devil's deals are never as good as they sound, for he cannot be trusted. Eve thought that she was getting something good, but she got something bad. The next time that you feel heavy temptation to do something wrong, know that a divine opportunity is probably right around the corner, and this is the enemies way of stealing it from you. Don't take the bait.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, lead me not into temptation but deliver me from the evil one. Please strengthen me to do what is right, and make what is crooked in me straight. Help me become a Godly person and be keenly aware of the traps of the enemy, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell

Amen.

January 6, 2017
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Nichole Richardson
Nichole Richardson

Heavenly Father, 

Give me the wisdom to make the right the decisions when temptations are in front of me this day..

In Jesus name I pray, Amen!

January 6, 2017
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

January 6, 2017
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Amen,  thank you Jesus

January 6, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

January 6, 2017
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

January 6, 2017
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Matthew  Materazzi
Matthew Materazzi

Amen

January 6, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

January 6, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! Great message Pastor Dion we have to be always on guard from the enemy who seeks to kill and destroy. I  pray for wisdom and strength to be delivered from temptation and evil.

January 6, 2017
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen♡

January 6, 2017
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

I so appreciate this timely reminder--Wait on the Lord. So often I rush to fix a situation.  Thank you, Pastor Dion, for the encouraging reminder!

January 6, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!

January 6, 2017
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

AMEN! the devil is real, and he's always looking for the opportunity to seduce the weak!

January 6, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen my Lord. 

January 6, 2017
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen, hold my hands in yours o my GOD 

January 6, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

The words that say...Jesus caught the attention of Satan are nuggets to hold on to.  Also Remembering when a temptation comes to tell Satan to flee in Jesus's name!!  Amen....Love this devotion

January 6, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!    Thank you for todays devotion Pastor Dion. :-)

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, lead me not into temptation but deliver me from the evil one. Please strengthen me to do what is right, and make what is crooked in me straight. Help me become a Godly person and be keenly aware of the traps of the enemy, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

January 6, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you for this Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, lead me not into temptation but deliver me from the evil one. Please strengthen me to do what is right, and make what is crooked in me straight. Help me become a Godly person and be keenly aware of the traps of the enemy, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

January 7, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, lead me not into temptation but deliver me from evil one. Strengthen me to do what is right, and make what is crooked in me straight. Help me become a Godly person and be keenly aware of traps of the enemy, in the name of Jesus ChristI pray Amen!!!

January 7, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen!

January 7, 2017