Today’s Reading | Luke 4
According to verse thirteen, when did Satan plan to next tempt Christ? Does that information reveal anything to us about Satan which can help us resist temptation? As you read through this account of Christ’s temptation, what made it an opportune time? Satan tempted Christ when he thought He was the weakest. Christ had not eaten for 40 days so he tempted him with food. Although the passage reveals Satan had been tempting Him all along, vs 2 tells us that when Jesus became hungry, Satan had the opportunity to attack Him with physical temptation. Satan knows an “opportune time” occurs when we are weary and weak. He then attacks us in an area of greatest weakness. If we feel no one loves or cares about us, he brings a relationship into our lives that seems to fulfill that need, but one that will ultimately harm us. If we are tired, he brings frustrations that end in anger and hurtful words. But Christ, being tired and hungry, did not give in to temptation. He depended upon the Holy Spirit to sustain Him. He was prepared to use the Bible to fight the attacks. What can you do to be ready to resist in your moment of weakness?
When do you seem to be most open to Satan’s temptation?
Why is that an “opportune time?”
How can you prepare yourself to resist Satan’s temptations?
What Scripture verses can you arm yourself with?