Matthew 4:8-9 ” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
A pastor I was listening to on moody was talking about these verses tonight. He was saying that Satan recieved dominion of the world and everything was his, because when Adam and Eve sinned their dominion over the world was transferred. God meant for Adam and Eve to rule the earth in a Godly manner with God involved, but then they sinned and the world was put in the control of evil.
Wow, it’s like a light went off with a couple things. I always knew Jesus was tempted and He resisted but I saw it deeper tonight. Jesus could have had all the kingdoms, beautiful kingdoms if He bowed down to Satan. But Jesus knew that if He was patient and went through hell, He would recieve His gifts from God. He conquered this world and evil and He will come again to claim what is His and prevail. He could have had the best this world had to offer in that moment, but He passed knowing better was coming.
It made me think of my struggles and how when I am stressed I reach for a cigerette, Satan is there offering me something in the moment, something I can see and I can take it or leave it, but I usually take it. I bow down to Satan in those moments, I don’t want to do that. If I would just fight the battle I would win and conquer evil. If we resisted the riches this world had to offer then we would recieve even better than that for resisting.
Everyone wastes their days running the same old rat race, let’s make money and buy expensive things. We only have this one life on earth, it seems like a waste to try and supply ourselves with unnecessary things that will not go with us, when eternity is forever. How are you working on getting to a good eternal place, a place that will not end? We are supposed to be bringing other’s to Christ, to be in eternity with us. Instead of thinking about God and eternity, Satan occupies our minds with ourselves.
That pastor also said that Satan is the prince of this world, I thought “but were not of this world”, I don’t know it’s just like I received more motivation and strength to fight even harder. I am more like Jesus today than I was yesterday and Jesus resisted and battled, even when it hurt, He never gave up. I want to continue to do that in my life, I don’t want to waste precious time here focusing on pointless things.