Opportunity Knocks Once, but Temptation…

… never stops knocking.

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Long before 24 and Prison Break popularised the concept of series in seasons the devil had been running his own seasons of temptation. After unsuccessfully tempting Jesus, the bible says that…

And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season? (Luke 4:13 KJV)

He didn’t leave for ever because we know that Jesus was tempted with not going to the cross and that he even prayed that the cup might pass over him nevertheless that the will of God be done. So we know that the devil never leaves permanently: he only leaves for a season.

Now I am convinced you and I will have many seasons of temptation this year. I pray that he Lord will strengthen us through it all. Do not be ignorant of the Devil’s devices, he will do his utmost to get us to focus on patting ourselves on the back for not shooting anyone or sleeping with anyone’s spouse just as long as he can live rent free in our hearts promoting the invisible versions of those sins.

For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. (Matthew 15:19 NLT)

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