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Desert .pngMatthew Chapter 4. The chapter where Jesus is led into the desert by the Holy Spirit to be tempted of the devil. There’s so much to talk about and learn from the beginning of Matthew Chapter 4. Rather than talk about temptation or overcoming temptation, I wanted to encourage you by taking a look at verse 11 after Jesus overcame the devil.

“Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.”

Jesus was born into a sinful world just like you and I, He had to face the same problems and  the same temptations that you and I have to face every day, but Jesus overcame them all. If it was easy for him, Matthew Chapter 4 would not begin with, “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil”. For example, I don’t smoke, if someone came up to me and offered me a cigarette, I’d say,”No”. It’s not something I like, therefore, it would be easy for me to say no, but if that same cigarette was offered to someone who had battled with trying to overcome smoking for years it would probably be a different story. All this to say that I’m sure the devil was very mindful of what he was tempting Jesus with, especially when he had so much to gain if he was successful. The good news is that Jesus overcame all temptation, but once again, that’s not what I wanted to talk about.

“Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.”

Read the second part of that verse, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him. The devil left, the angels came. We don’t know this for sure, but it seemed like almost immediately after the trial the angels came to Jesus. When I read this it jumped out at me because rather than separate the devil tempting Jesus and the angels then coming to minister to him, I see it as part of the same story. There was a lot riding on Jesus overcoming the devil throughout those 40 days.  I imagine when I read this verse that all of heaven stood still just watching to see what was going to happen, cheering when Jesus overcame time and time again. These angels just waiting for the devil to completely be defeated and overcome so they could rush to his aid and potentially provide him with food to strengthen and encourage him.

Today, I want to encourage you, here on earth, in your situation you may only be seeing the devil coming after you, you may only see the problems that are all around you, the bills that can’t be paid, the boss that seems to only be coming after you or the constant reminder of your failures, but be encouraged. In heaven God has a different view of your circumstance. You may see another trial as just the world beating on you once again, but for all you know, just like Jesus, it could be the last trial until the devil flees and all heaven cheers as God steps down into your situation and changes your life completely. Stand firm, knowing that for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are God’s ways higher than your ways and God’s thoughts higher than your thoughts. Know that the devil doesn’t attack you randomly, he comes at you and hits you in your areas of weakness for a reason. He wants you to quit, he wants you to give up because he is desperate and running out of time. Stand strong knowing that God is watching, He will never give you more than you can handle and He is good at the right time to release the help that you need. The story that you see unfolding in front of you on earth is being finished in heaven. Don’t give up. Stand strong.

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Help Is Coming