And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered to me and to whoever I will I give it.
If you therefore will worship me, all this shall be yours.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get behind me, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord yout God, and him only shall you serve (Luke 4:5-8).
When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he tempted him with all the things in the world: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
Yes, the word of God is full of power, but one of the most powerful words you can tell the devil is no.
In the above passage, we read that Jesus responded to the devil with scripture, but all he was saying was no.
The Israelites couldn’t enter the Promised Land until they passed the test in the wilderness. Jesus didn’t enter into public ministry until he passed the test in the wilderness.
When satan tempts you, he shows you what he will give you (pleasure, enjoyment, fun), but he never shows you the consequences of your choices (sorrow). How do you know when you’re about to enter into the thing that God promised you? Because the devil will come to you, offering to give you things to keep you from getting the things God promised you.
Say no to his lies.
Say no to his advances.
Say no to his temptations.
Just say no.
I’ll admit it. I like nice things so if someone wants to buy me something nice, I’ll take it.
The Lord wanted me to get rid of it – not because of what it was, but because of who it came from. I’ll give you a good example of what I mean. If a married man buys a single woman a gift without his wife having knowledge of it, that’s wrong and God is not pleased. In fact, God doesn’t have brides. He has one bride – the church and he’s faithful and true to His bride.
I’m not saying that the Lord doesn’t use people to bless us, but He doesn’t hide or lie about what He does. His blessing makes one rich and there is no sorrow added to it. When the enemy gives you something, sorrow comes with it. Maybe not immediately, but it will come. Also, what he gives comes with strings attached. All these things I will give you IF you will fall down and worship me (Matthew 4:9). There is something he expects in return and the thing he wants is more valuable than things. It is so valuable that it could not be purchased with money, but only with Jesus’ blood. And that’s you and your soul.
I wasn’t battling with obeying God. My mind was made up. As soon as I got home, those gifts were leaving my house, but then I realized I didn’t have the money to buy it myself.
Then the Lord said, I can afford you.
I laughed so hard and I felt so silly.
Of course, He can afford me. He made me and He is able take care of me.
So, yeah. I got rid of the gifts and I’m happy – because I obeyed God.