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February 21, 2014

Haymakers from Satan

Ada — Sometimes our lives are like a boxing match. We roll out of bed and step into the ring. Life comes at us with punch after punch after punch. Finally, we are worn down and feeling our weakest from all the blows we have been taking. 

Satan comes in and goes for the knockout because he senses that we just don’t have much fuel left in the tank.

We are susceptible to temptation at any time but Satan knows how to punch our buttons and catch us right when we are the most vulnerable. For example, he tempted Jesus after He had been fasting for 40 days (Matthew 4:1-11). 

There is so much that we can learn from picking apart this account. First, we can see how Satan works to back his opponents into the corner. Second, we can see how Christ responded and defeated Satan.

James writes, “…each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.” (James 1:14-16) 

Satan can’t make us sin. 

He merely plants the seeds of lust and we have the opportunity to choose whether or not to gratify our sinful desire or humble ourselves before God and resist the devil. (James 4:6-7) Satan plants the seeds of lust by lying to us and trying to deceive us. 

“He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44) 

This is Satan’s haymaker or knockout punch. This is the one he uses to try to finish off his opponent. He tries to make us believe a lie that we may or may not know is false.

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