WISDOM FOR LIVING DEVOTIONAL
OCTOBER 18, 2020
TOPIC: SATAN HAS NOT GIVEN UP ON ANYONE!
BY T. O. BANSO
“So the Moabite officials returned to King Balak and reported, ‘Balaam refused to come with us.’ Then Balak tried again. This time he sent a larger number of even more distinguished officials than those he had sent the first time” (Numbers 22:14-15 New Living Translation).
Satan has not given up on anyone! The first time Balak, the king of Moab, sent the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian with the diviner’s fee in their hand to invite Balak, a sorcerer, to curse the Israelites, he rejected the invitation. The LORD had forbidden him (Numbers 22:5-13).
Nevertheless, Balak didn’t give up. He tried again. Numbers 22:14-15 says, “So the Moabite officials returned to King Balak and reported, ‘Balaam refused to come with us.’ Then Balak tried again. This time he sent a larger number of even more distinguished officials than those he had sent the first time” (New Living Translation). Please take note of that phrase: Then Balak tried again.
Balak’s succeeded in his second attempt. Balaam eventually went with Balak’s emissaries the next day they arrived. If Balaam had not accepted the second invitation and Balak could not find another sorcerer or soothsayer to curse the Israelites, he would have tried again.
The devil never gives up on anybody including you! He never believes that there is nobody who can’t fall for his temptation. He believes if he keeps trying, one day, you’ll accept his offer to sin he will ask you to name your price and he’ll pay it. Balak told Balaam, “Please let nothing hinder you from coming to me; for I will certainly honor you greatly, and I will do whatever you say to me. Therefore please come, curse this people for me’” (Numbers 22:16-17 New King James Version).
That you have not fallen for that seduction yet doesn’t bother Satan. The fact that you have overcome the temptations to lie, steal, commit sexual immorality, etc. doesn’t worry Satan. He will try again. He’ll increase his incentives, hoping you’ll accept his offer.
Therefore, don’t get carried away by your success or victory over Satan’s temptations. If Satan doesn’t succeed through one means, he’ll try other means. If using one person doesn’t work, he’ll try another. That’s why the Bible says anyone who thinks he is standing should take heed lest he falls (1 Corinthians 10:12).
Why do you think Satan tempted Jesus three times? (Luke 4:1-13). He was hoping that since Jesus didn’t fall for the first two temptations, he would fall for the third. But did he give up though he failed with the three temptations? No. The Bible says Satan left Jesus for a season – “until the next opportunity came” (Luke 4:13b New Living Translation). That means he waited for another opportunity later!
Satan will always look for an opportune time to tempt you and try to make you fall. That young prophet had prophesied against King Jeroboam, after which he invited him to his palace to eat and receive gifts. But he didn’t fall for the temptation to disobey God’s instruction (1 Kings 13:1-10). However, Satan never gave up. He used another person the prophet was not likely to refuse – a senior colleague! An old prophet lied to him; he was deceived and died prematurely (verses 13-24).
Satan doesn’t respect your religious or professional titles, experience, exploits, testimonies, credentials, and so on. Don’t be carried away by all that. Don’t dwell too much on yesterday’s success. “Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour” (1 Peter 5:8 New Living Translation).
Whoever endures to the end shall be saved (Matthew 24:13; Mark 13:13b). Resist the devil and he’ll flee from you (James 4:7). Don’t play with temptations. For instance, as long as you keep hanging around the Delilahs of this world, they’ll continue to entice you until you fall, no matter how smart you think you are (Judges 16:4-21). Delilah will continue to pester any man until she brings him down.
The solution is to flee as Joseph did. “So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her. But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him by his garment, saying, ‘Lie with me.’ But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside” (Genesis 39:10-12 New King James Version). Flee fornication; flee youthful lust (1 Corinthians 6:18; 2 Timothy 2:22).
Don’t play with temptation. Satan has not given up on anyone! Be careful.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The LORD be with you.
PRAYER POINT: Father, don’t let me yield to temptation, but deliver me from the evil one. Help me to overcome every temptation of Satan. Uphold me, LORD; let me not fall. Satan, I will not accept your offer to sin, no matter the incentives, in Jesus’ name.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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