When the devil had finished tempting Jesus,
he left him until the next opportunity came.
The devil doesn’t leave me alone when I’m already overwhelmed. Quite the contrary—he’s out to destroy me! Sure he backs off, but only to prepare his next assault. If I think the devil left me because he feels sorry for me, I’ve been sucked into his lie.
I can’t say to the devil, “Go easy on me, I’ve had enough.” He’ll keep slamming me until I either give in to him or turn to God for help.
He attacks from every side:
- Infiltrating my mind with voices that sound almost like God.
- Placing temptations in front of me, because he knows my unique weaknesses.
- Using the sins and weaknesses of others to push me to become angry and hateful.
If I simultaneously resist the devil and pursue God with everything in me, I’ll win against the devil every time.
That’s a good life!