The other day I was riding the train and the gentleman sitting next to me stood up. I wasn’t quite sure why he stood up but a few seconds later I hear the horn of the train as it’s coming into the tunnel towards me. He sensed that it was coming. He heard the change in the air. It wasn’t noticable to me but he had heard it before. The next time I rode it I could sense when it was almost there even before I heard the loud horn.
It reminded me of the chapter that I read in Genesis 3, which spoke of the fall of man. Eve was deceived by the serpent but you better believe she probably would not make the same mistake if it was brought to her again. She would have felt it coming.
In Matthew 10, Jesus was about to send his disciples out to do some serious work and warfare! He gave them some instruction:
“Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves; be wary and wise as serpents, and be innocent (harmless, guileless, and without falsity) as doves…”Matthew 10: 16 (AMP)
This scripture came to mind as I boarded that train for the second time. Satan will always try to deceive us with what looks good, feels good or makes us look good. That is exactly what he tried to do to Jesus.
“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. ” Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus was able to endure the temptation because He knew about warfare. He knew he had to be as wise as the serpent but as harmless as a dove. The disciples that he sent out that day were not the same men that were talked about in the book of Acts! They had gone through some things. They knew how to be discerning and how to do warfare! As we are walking about doing what we are assigned to do there are unseen forces at work to stop you. We have to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and learn from what the Lord takes us through so that we can war effectively like Jesus did, with authority and power!