Temptations can weaken your faith
Faith and miracle
In the desert devil tempted Jesus. It was after a fast for 40 days and nights. Tempter came to him. He said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."
We know that the Adam and Eve also tempted by the Devil. He told them "You will be like God"
They believed his lie and did what he said. The out come was curse and removal from the garden of Eden.
Even today devil is there to tempt us. He is saying that by cheating you can earn some bucks. But we are earning a guilty felling by cheating others. Satan says it is very pleasurable and interesting committing adultery. But we are earing HIV/AIDS by committing adultery. It is pleasurable for a moment. But the lasting suffering is many times greater than the momentary pleasures. Satan is always with us. Telling do this, do that, go there etc. But we need to judiciously decide whether it is good or bad.
Satan says a little bit smoking is good. Using little wine is good. Little drugs use is not harmful. He uses many lies to deceive us.
What Jesus did at the time of temptation was noteworthy. He uses biblical words to overcome the temptation. Devil wanted him to turn the stones into bread. But Jesus overcome the temptation by saying "It is written, 'Man doesn't live only on bread. He also lives on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'
Jesus was hungry. As per human thought, there is no wrong in wishing to turn the stones into bread. It is a genuine reason for performing a miracle. We all are praying for genuine things and for genuine reasons. But can you differentiate whether these needs come from God or devil. Is it Godly desire or devil's desire?
When we look for a miracle or pray for granting some wishes, we need to assess it to find whether it is a satanic desire or Godly desire? God never want you to be an instrument in the hand of devil. We often fell in the trap of Satan and has been used by Satan.
It is important to exercise your faith for a genuine reason. When Jesus turned water into wine, it was for a genuine reason and it happened. If Jesus use his faith to turn the stones in to bread as per the request of Satan, it may not happen. In such case, Jesus could lose his faith in God. Because he was exercising his faith in the wrong place.
Jesus did not exercise his faith in the wrong place. That is why he did not lose his faith at the time of the genuine reason. Jesus performed a miracle at the right time for the right reason. That is when the water turned into wine. In the right time, right place, right miracle for the genuine reason. Miracle happened here. It increased his faith too.
Many times we try to use our faith in silly matters. We will not get any results and we believe that it is not possible for us. And we loose our faith.
Miracles not for our comfort
Jesus was not looking for his comfort. He was looking for the comfort of the people who invited in the wedding. Even when Jesus was hungry, he did not look for satisfying his comfort.
We try to perform miracles for our own comfort. We exercise our faith for our own benefit. Not for others comfort or benefit. That is the another reason we are not getting the desired results from exercising our faith.
If you notice most of the miracles performed by Jesus was for himself. But for the benefit of other individuals. He healed the sick and give food to the hungry. He opened the eyes of blind and healed the lame and deaf. Everything for others. One exception was cursing the fig tree. I think that is done for teaching his disciples about faith.
Jesus never did a miracle for showing his bravery. Neither he wanted to glorify his own name. He wanted to please His father in heaven.
When tempter come, we need to carefully analyze whether this desire or requirement is from God or from devil. Adam and eve fell into the trap and the mankind was cursed.
I am glad that Jesus Overcome the devil. That is why He is called worthy. Worthy to be sacrificed on the cross for the sin of mankind. We follow Jesus who overcome the Devil. So let us rejoice and walk in the paths of Jesus.
May God Bless you.
Some Interesting informations
1. Did you know that guardian angels are there to take care of children?
Yes there is guardian angels to protect children. Please read Mathew 18:10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven."
2. Do you know the name of the first prophet who prophesied about the coming of Jesus.?
Jude 1:14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.
3. Where is Satan/Devil now?
Satan is in heavenly realms and are working through people around us. We know we are offended by people around us. Our children offend us. Our parents may offend us. Our relative, pastor or believers in the church may offend us. Satan is working through them. That is why apostle Paul says (Ephesians 6:12) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. So we need to carefully watch when people approach us with offending words and deeds. At the same time we could become an offending weapon in the hands of Devil. So be careful in our talks, walks and thoughts.
As per the following verses the Satan is in heaven Look at Revelation 12:7 "Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him." In the coming days Satan and his angels would be thrown out of heaven.
Also see Job 1:6 says about Satan "One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Here also we can see that Satan has access to heaven, before the Lord.