Not Today Devil:
IT IS WRITTEN
by: Tyler Pieper
Have you ever had the realization that you’re just fed up? Not necessarily because something is too overwhelming, but because you have finally had enough? Maybe even enough of your own behavior? Or your own patterns? Maybe you’re tired of feeling defeated? I have an inkling that we get fed up because we eventually realize… we know better. It is written.
“This is ridiculous! No more!”
The more I fall in love with Christ, the more I find myself using this expression. Perhaps it’s my life’s personal equivalent to “NOT TODAY, DEVIL!” Each passing day I find that my convictions grow deeper, wider, broader, taller… a lot like His expansive love for us. But sincerely, we come to a crossroads on our walk of faith where we have to choose to quit eating the spiritual baby food and ask God for the grace to choke down some solid truth. And at what point, in the face of temptation, do we finally say that enough is enough?
“No, I’m not going to think that thought anymore.”
“No, I’m not going to say that about them anymore.”
“No, I am not going to stay away from church because I’m hurt anymore.”
Whatever it may be for you, I don’t think it’s far-fetched to say that we sometimes stay in certain sin out of habitual comfort. We may not even realize what we’re doing, but trust me, there will come a time when we have to face the tension in order to be more aware of our thought-life and how it affects us in the everyday. We know what the word of God says, but often choose not to let it infiltrate our lives. Facing this tension looks a lot more like understanding the word of God and a lot less like beaming with pride.
Luke 4: 3-4 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
Notice Jesus did not scream, “DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!”
He said, “It is written…”
and just as it was written over his life, it is also written over yours.
Not unlike like Jesus, we too can declare that today is not a day that the enemy will have hold of our lives. This does not give him power, but reminds the enemy who is in power; it reminds us who is in power. We don’t have to act out in stress and calamity anymore.
When we resist pride, we are resisting every subsequent temptation.
The enemy will try to tempt you with – provision, which you have already long-held in Christ. The enemy will try to tempt you with – power, which has long-been your umbrella under heaven. The enemy will try to tempt you with – protection, which has forever-been a free gift.
He is our provider, He is our power, He is our protector.
We have no strength in and of ourselves, but we have the word of God, the Holy Spirit, and the humbling example of Jesus in the face of every temptation.
What are you fed up with?