DEVOTION:ONLY IF YOU OVERCOME!
The popular saying, “There is a light at the End of the Tunnel” is definitely true for every temptation. But only if you are victorious! To state it differently, there is a reward waiting those who will overcome temptation. Now let us see what happened when Christ overcame the three types of temptation from Satan. Let us first read the last response of Jesus.
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only. Matthew 4:10
Since Christ was victorious against the enemy, Satan had no other options left. Take note of his next step.
Then the devil left him Matthew 4:11a
Now listen to what happened after the devil left Christ.
And angels came and attended him. Matthew 4:11b
Notice that Angels are mentioned by the devil in the second temptation and here we are told they came to attend to Jesus. You see, Satan knew that Angels will attend to the needs of Jesus, but his plan was to make Christ get it the wrong way. But it is interesting that even though Christ did not try to get the Angels to serve Him in a wrong way, God the father still sent Angels to serve Him.
Since Christ did not give in to the temptation to perform a miracle of changing stones into bread, the Angels brought him food.
Here are a few examples that prove this foregoing conclusion.
When Joseph overcame his temptation at Photiphar’s house, after sometimes, this turned into a blessing. The events in prison led to Joseph becoming the second in command in Egypt.
When Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to eat defiled food from the King’s table God not only gave them goods looks and unusual abilities, He gave them a promotion that was more than all the young men in their training camp.
When Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were victorious over the King, they were promoted. And when Daniel refused to worship King Darius and was placed in the Lion’s Den, he was later promoted and his God was declared the living God who is to be worshiped in the whole kingdom.
Therefore, we can safely conclude that there is some kind of a reward at the end of every temptation. For Christ it was not only entering into the ministry that He died for, but also the rewards after the cross, which is, “All peoples of the earth shall declare Him Lord in worship”.
1. Do you have any testimony you can share with friends concerning a reward you received after you overcame temptation? Do you still remember what the temptation was all about? Share with a friend today. It will encourage somebody.
2. May be you are facing a serious temptation today and you are about to give in. Remember whatever Satan is promising you is temporary. The consequences will last longer. Focus on what Christ has for you at the end. God’s angels are waiting to serve you accordingly. Therefore, run away from the temptation! Do not give in!
3. It is important to remember that with any and every temptation you face, God knows that you can handle it. And not only that, He is ready to provide away out for you. Read this verse again.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
4. Just for your further studies: why did Christ say this is how we should pray daily?
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:13
Then the devil left him,
Angels came and attended him.
There is a Blessing after every Temptation
ONLY IF YOU OVERCOME!
By Pastor Shadrack Ruto