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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 4:7'10 WEB.

    Jesus was a young man about 30 years old. He was gifted, pure, sinless, and completely dedicated to His heavenly Father. Jesus caught the attention of satan because He was different from all the rest of the young men. The others had been easy to seduce and usually fell on their own when given the right temptation. Yet, by 30, Jesus hadn't stumbled. So satan decided to try and buy Him with various deals. He needed to compromise Jesus.

    Then satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the Earth and told Him that he would give Him all of it. He could have power, glory, and riches right now without waiting for it. He wouldn't have to go to the cross. Jesus could just shortcut all of that and have it right now with just a little compromise. Then Jesus basically told satan to get lost. For though Jesus Christ was the Son of God, His integrity was thoroughly tested, as yours will be.

    I have a feeling that each time God is about to do something powerful in your life, heavy temptation comes first to test your integrity. Jesus Christ was about to be raised up into a powerful ministry, but first, He had to pass through the trial of temptation. Jesus passed the test 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).

    The Apostle Peter told 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" (1 Peter 5:8).

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

    How often have we missed opportunities and anointing because we chose to do the wrong thing at the right time? Too many times, we give in right before the breakthrough comes. It would be painful to know the things we have missed. The devil's deals are never as good as they sound, for he cannot be trusted, and he is a liar. Eve thought she was getting something good, but instead, she got something bad.

    So the next time you feel heavy temptation to do something wrong, know that a divine opportunity is probably right around the corner. This is the enemy's way of stealing that opportunity from you. Don't take his bait. Don't deal with the devil.

    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 to be keenly aware of the traps of the enemy. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: This morning, we will be hosting our RHM Live Online church service. This is a special time of worship, prayer, fellowship and an inspiring message. All are welcome! Here is the link to join: RHM Live


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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Father I choose You. Thank You for loving me and I pray that you will give me the strength I need. Father I love You with my whole heart.

November 28, 2021
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father,  Thank you for leading me away from evil. I pray and worship only you Lord. Thank You. Amen

November 28, 2021
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. Yes Lord. Thought I stumble and fall..You are my Lord. Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Direct my steps, renew and refresh me. Forgive me my sins and strengthen me for I seem to fail daily. Deliver me from this angry reacting spirit. Help me walk in 1 Cor. 13 love and not in the flesh. Bring this trial to a close quickly....In Jesus Name. For You alone are my God.  Amen

November 28, 2021
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Malloryedited: November 28, 2021

In the name of Christ Jesus I pray Amen

November 28, 2021
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen.

November 28, 2021
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Please Heavenly Father help us to resist Satans temptation and we live our lives for your glory. Amen 

November 28, 2021
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Yes, Amen Lord Jesus 

November 28, 2021
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone Have A Bless Sunday 

November 28, 2021
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! Have a blessed Sunday everyone.

November 28, 2021
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen❣️

November 28, 2021
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!! Alleluia!! Amen!!

November 28, 2021
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!!!

November 28, 2021
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Heavenly Father, I humbly ask You to strengthen me,  to guard me from the attack of the evil one. I need Your help to protect myself from it. Speak to me in a softly voice that helps me to understand Your word. In the name of Your Son Jesus Christ I pray, Amen. 

Truthful words Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

November 28, 2021
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Amen!!

 

 

November 28, 2021
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John Smith
John Smith

So so true.  

November 28, 2021
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

November 28, 2021
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

November 28, 2021
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for bringing me closer to you through your son Jesus, Please help me to be more like him, help me to stand strong against Satans lie's, in Jesus'name I pray amen

 

November 28, 2021
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen. 

November 28, 2021
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God help me be happy Amen

November 28, 2021
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen!

 

November 29, 2021
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen and amen 

November 30, 2021