Good Evening, God
The second temptation of Christ has been in my heart all day.
Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” Luke 4:5-7 NKJ
I never thought, God, beyond the fact that Jesus said “NO” and resisted this temptation. But, today all I could think of was the part where the devil says “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.
Good golly, God! It would seem that the devil does indeed have the power to give the kingdoms of earth over to whomever will worship him. And as I look at the world I’m living in — right now, it makes so much sense. How did I never understand the full extent of the devils power to tempt us? I guess, because I didn’t want to know. In fact, I still do not want to know this!
Yep! That is me, God, in the line for a comforting lie. Sigh. This is HARD. But, I hear You saying “Buck up! I am with you . . . helping you to see and bear reality.” And I seem to hear You consoling me — saying that the devil is ever so clever and wraps himself in Virtuous Clothing — saying that the End justifies the Means and fooling many.
How then, God, shall our eyes be opened to the truth? Oh yes! By fasting and prayer.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:10-11