Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Worst Possible Time

“If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12 NLT).

During World War II, Hitler had an interesting strategy of attacking his enemies on a weekend. He knew the various parliaments wouldn’t be in session, making it more difficult to react swiftly to an invasion.

In the same way, the Devil waits for the opportune moment to attack us. It may come when our guard is down or when we think we’re the strongest. But it’s usually at the worst possible time.

For example, you can be taking part in a worship service when suddenly a wicked thought comes knocking on the door of your imagination. You’re very embarrassed, and you can’t even believe you’re thinking such a thing.

Then the Devil, as cunning as he is, will condemn you for being tempted: “How could you think such a thought? What are you even doing in church?”

Remember, it isn’t a sin to be tempted. Even Jesus was tempted. The sin takes place only when we give in to the temptation, when we open the door and entertain it. That is why we should flee temptation and never leave a forwarding address.

When we think we’re doing well spiritually and everything is going great, that is when the Devil will choose to hit hard. It’s why the Bible tells us, “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12 NLT).

Often temptation will come after a great blessing. So don’t be surprised if you are tempted right after you get out of church. And don’t be surprised if you are tempted right after God has done a wonderful work in your life.

Perhaps you have experienced a great blessing in your life recently. That blessing may involve your family, your career, your ministry, or your personal walk with God. The Enemy wants to rob you of that blessing. So be careful and keep your guard up.

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