When we are not tripped by the lust of the eyes or the flesh, we contend with the devil, the adversary, who has come to kill, steal or destroy. He is Godís enemy and manís enemy. He tempted Jesus relentlessly wanting Jesus to satisfy His flesh -a legitimate need in an illegitimate way. When Jesus passed this test he proceeded to tempt his ego and pride; and when Jesus again passed this test, he went for the jugular- worship. He sort the most important thing to God, but Jesus once again passed in flying colors- "It is written:'Thou shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shalt thou serveí"
The devil is the personification of evil and we need Godís protection daily.
If Jesus was so tempted, then who are we not to be tempted?
But God wants us to overcome temptation and rise to a higher level.
And as we fellowship with God he gives us advanced warning of the ploys, plots and strategies of the enemy. We need to put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand in the evil day. The devil prowls about seeking whom to devour and so long as we are submitted to God we can resist the devil and he would flee from us.
Thanks be to God Who always enables us to triumph against our enemies. Through our Gods we shall do valiantly. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors though Christ. Jesus said, Ď In the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.. He shall call upon me and I will deliver him. I will be with him in trouble. Whoever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.(2Cor2:14,1John4:4,Rom8:37,Ps91:15, Jon16:33, 1John5:4)
God wants to deliver us but we must acknowledge Him and admit our vulnerability without Him.