It was just an ordinary day. The Devil decided to take Jesus, the Son of the living God, for grilling. Now, you must agree with me that that was not going to be fun; no, not at all!
Anytime the Devil takes anyone up for grilling, it is always grueling.
Think of Joseph: For seventeen years, he was grilled by the Devil. But God was with him, so he wasn't burned! Think also of Job, the man of faith. Satan decided on a particular day - whether it was in spring, summer, autumn, or winter, I couldn't tell; but the Evil One decided to show up and afflict "righteous Job". He lost everything he had worked for, in a jiffy. Just like that!
It is not particularly a good idea to allow the Devil an opportunity to show up at yours. The Scripture commands us to "Neither give place to the devil" | Ephesians 4:27. Yet, that exactly, most people - whether ignorantly or by default - do! It's explicitly stated in Ephesians 4:22-31 thus:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Whenever any person who claims to be a child of God chooses to operate in the flesh of his former personality; that is, in deceitful lusts - and ignores the renewing the spirit of his/her mind, the Devil is advantaged over such a life! Such individuals will find themselves at tangling positions being caught by the ensnaring traps of the Devil. Such will become like smoked bacon portion at his grill!
HOW THE DEVIL GRILLS
This is how the Devil grills: Through lusts.
The Bible clearly states that human beings are ensnared by the Devil, being held captive by their wills in 2 Timothy 2:26. Apostle Peter the aged, says that we escape "the corruption that is in the world through lusts" | 2 Peter 1:4. The old Devil has run out of ideas in captivating and ensnaring both the ignorant and the learned. He will never change his tactics. We know his tactics: He ensnares every captive through lusts.
"But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." | James 2:14-15
What are the lusts in your heart that you're hatching?
Every temptation you and I would ever face was summarized in the Devil's temptations of our Master Jesus, after His forty-day-and-night fast in the wilderness viz-a-viz:
a.) Sensualism - "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread!" Just as if he didn't know Jesus Christ was the Son of the living God! But Jesus rejected the Devil's touting of His belly and hunger desires being filled/met by the Evil One!
What about you?
Is your God your belly? Is your glory in what God calls shameful? And do you mind earthly things or eternal values? The Bible says the end of such is destruction | Philippians 3:19.
Food is good for quenching hunger, as water quenches thirst. But both foods and drinks can soon become intoxicants if care is not taken. So also can sex, modern-day entertainment, and the fulfillment of the general category called 'appetites.'
b.) Egotism - "If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands, they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou should dash thy foot against a stone ..." Here, the Wicked One taunted the Savior
to display His showmanship-skills. Jesus didn't give in. He wasn't carried away with the demonic lousy tout: The real showmanship would be depicted on the Cross where our Master and Savior had: "disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it" | Colossians 2:15.
Do you love to display your showmanship at the expense of the Giver of the skill?
Do you hold people whom you're supposed to serve subservient under your spell of acuteness and smartness? You must likely recognize by now who the Directir of your skills is; for it could never be God, but the Devil! Your gifts and 'showmanship-ness' are concentrically witchcrafted clouted with a smear of rebelliousness.
c.) Materialism - "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me."
Think of a robber trying to sell stolen goods to the Owner! That's so sick a mindset. No wonder Jesus had finally had enough of the Devil's wiles. He had ordered him to "Get lost!" That's how provoked you too ought to be when the Devil wants to sell you what he stole from you!
At each of His temptations, the Master Jesus displayed a sharp analysis of the application of the Word of God. Hence, we establish from this account of Saint Matthew that we too will put the Devil to rout and quench the fire in his oven/grill with the right application of the Word of God whenever temptation to arouse us to lust arises. by now, I believe that lust isn't just limited to fornication/adultery or booty calls alone. It comprises every pressure applied to your weakness(es) with the devilish anticipation to break you!
Written by Sammy Joseph. Log onto https://www.harvestways.org/shop to be introduced to the Gospel crusade of the author!
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