“Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give You,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’” Matthew 4:8-10.
There is always the temptation to obtain wealth, promotion, relationships, and to get ahead in life by ‘bowing down’ (compromising and disregarding good values or God’s principles). We seek riches at the risk of respect; wealth at the risk of wisdom; promotion at the risk of peace.
The name of the game is, ‘What ever feels good, do it’. We say there is no God so that we can worship ourselves without competition. We sacrifice and serve the unknown God – ‘the god of this world’ who blinds and leads the world astray. We are under his control without even knowing it, because by resisting the One and only true God, we serve the enemy by default.
Good news. Satan has power but his power is limited. He took Jesus to the edge of the mountain but he could not to push Him off. He showed Jesus all the kingdoms and wealth of this world but could not bribe Him. He tempted Jesus with bread but could not control Him. Satan’s power is limited in your life. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. Jesus with you is greater than the enemy. If you don’t bow to temptation, God will reward you with HIS blessings and the kingdoms of this world.
God has given me the strength to rule my world for unlimited favor from God.
Read the Bible in One Year: Psalm 120-122; 1 Corinthians 9.