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The Stakes Are High

The Stakes Are High

21 September 2009

Scripture:

5 Then the Devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 The Devil told him, “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them—because they are mine to give to anyone I please. 7 I will give it all to you if you will bow down and worship me.” 8 Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God; serve only him.’ ” (Luke 4:5-8 NLT)

Satan’s temptation of Jesus was as real as anything any human ever experienced. The stakes were incredibly high, because if Jesus failed and fell, the plan failed. God had planned before he created the world that he would send his son to live a perfect life and offer himself as the perfect, sinless sacrifice for imperfect, sinful man.

If Jesus gave in to Satan’s maximum effort, it was over. The stakes were the highest ever.

I will probably never rate a personal visit from Satan, but I face temptations daily. I’m tempted by my own weaknesses and desires (James 1:13-15), by false opportunities, or by weariness or discouragement. The stakes are not as high in the temptations I face, but the stakes are high nonetheless.
• If I give in, I may miss the opportunity to serve in the maximum way God had planned for me.
• If I give in, I may disappoint and discourage someone who is looking to me as an example.
• If I give in, some part of God’s plan may go unfulfilled.

The stakes are high.

Prayer:

Father, it’s so easy to think it’s only about me and it really doesn’t matter all that much. Help me to daily remember that I’m part of your plan and that the stakes are high every time I face a temptation. Help me to overcome and not give in. I determine that I will not give in and I will not give up. In Jesus’ Name!

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