"I'll Be Back"
If you are familiar with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movies you know the catchphrase “I’ll be back”. Mostly, it was an assurance to the antagonist that whatever it took he, the protagonist, would be back to complete the assignment of totally defeating the antagonist.
After Jesus was baptized, He was driven by the Holy Ghost into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Luke 4:1-13. Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights; he was hungry and weak in His body. It was just the right time for the devil to hit and he knew just what buttons to push. He tempted Jesus three different ways and when he failed to trip Him up, he gave up...WRONG!!. "Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time." Luke 4:13. Yep, the devil left Jesus alone for a bit, he would come back at a more favorable time, at an appropriate time.
Two things are clear from this narrative: first, that truthfully if you SUBMIT to God, RESIST the devil, he will FLEE from you. James 4:7. Secondly, that the devil is persistent, deliberate, tenacious and resilient. He will keep coming at you till he gets you where he wants you. None of us is above being tempted by the devil; if he went after Jesus then well, it is a given that he will be on us. What he failed to get Jesus to do he will try and try and try again to get us to do.
We must also match his persistence, deliberateness, resilience and tenacity in our resistance of his tricks till we weary him. Fortunately for us we have divine help. We have a High Priest who was tempted in all the ways we are being tempted everyday, yet did not sin (Hebrews 4:15). He is willing to help us deal with the devil. Feel free to draw on that help. "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16
Stay close to the throne of grace and you will be just fine!! The devil will always be back but we will always be ready for him. Blessings. Love, Lady Mo.❤