The Longing for Power

Embraced the power of love. Reject the love of power.

The last of the “big three” temptations is power (the other two are money and sex). From your position as a student or laborer or office manager or pastor, you may feel that power will never tempt you. Think again.

Jesus came to Earth as a servant (Phil. 2:7). The prophet Isaiah wrote that Jesus was “despised and rejected–a man of sorrows” (Isaiah 53:3). If anyone was immune to the temptation of power, it was Jesus. Yet that’s exactly where Satan tempted Him. He offered Jesus the world if only Jesus would kneel down and worship him (Matt. 4:9).

Satan used that tactic on Jesus, and you can be sure he will use it on you. The only way you can resist is to do what Jesus did. Tell Satan to take a hike, and then rely on the Word of God.

“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God; serve only him.” Matthew 4:10

Posted on May 29, 2013, in Daily Devotionals. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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