“Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.”
Matthew 4:11 NKJV
I couldn’t imagine fasting for forty days in the wilderness. You would be hungry, you would be physically exhausted from lack of food and adequate sleep. Your body would be at its weakest, so it’s no wonder the devil came to try and tempt Jesus. Three times the devil tempted Jesus, but He resisted. THEN the devil left Him, it was after Jesus had resisted the temptations that Satan used against Him that the devil fled.
If you are not actively resisting temptation, if you are not putting on your spiritual armor and standing firm against the attacks of the enemy, he will not depart from you because you’ve made yourself easy prey and a slave to his tactics. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). There is action that needs to take place here, specifically to “resist” the devil and his schemes. When Jesus was tempted, He did not dwell on those temptations or give them a second thought. He went straight to the word of God as His weapon and proclaimed the truth of Scripture.
This is another reason it is imperative that you know the word of God and how to wield it. Scripture taken out of context is as deadly as the enemies weapons used against you. I’ve known war, and I’ve seen firsthand the danger an untrained warrior presents to themselves and everyone around them. If you’re giving into temptations, others suffer with you and because of you. Judas didn’t resist the temptations of the enemy, and because of it he betrayed his friends and His Lord and Savior. Examine yourself, who are you hurting with your lack of discipline? Who are you betraying? If you’re not submitted to God, you submit to another master and betray the Lord God, among others. #CalledtoBattle