One of Satan’s techniques in tempting us is his ability to wait for the perfect timing. In Luke 4:13, Satan did not give up just because Jesus was victorious before, and he won’t leave us alone when we have the victory either.
What are these opportune times for Satan’s attack? After a great victory or a blessing from the hand of God. When Satan left Jesus in the wilderness, he started plotting a new way to tempt Jesus. When twisting Scripture didn’t work, he next tried using the chief apostle Peter (see Matthew 16:13-28).
Just after Peter confessed that Jesus was “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16), Satan used undiscerning Peter to tempt Jesus by rebuking Him for talking about His death. And Jesus’ words were strong: “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” (Matthew 16:23).
Peter had just been blessed with a revelation from the Father that Jesus was the Messiah, but in the next moment, he was rebuking the Messiah. Why? Times immediately after a great blessing are often the times we feel least dependent on God. Peter felt confident that he had figured things out—and Satan tried to use him to tempt Jesus out of the road to the cross.
Satan also waits for the moment immediately before success to rob God’s children of receiving God’s blessings. The wilderness temptations came right before a triumphant moment: “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, . . . everyone praised him” (Luke 4:14-15). Some of the miracles that marked His ministry—healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons—were waiting for Jesus just on the other side of the wilderness.
Satan wanted to derail Jesus from His greatest blessings of ministering and proving His messiahship. He will try to do the same with you and me, tempting us to forfeit the blessings that come when we follow God’s Word. We must arm ourselves with “the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). You may be going through trying period right now, remember is just for a while. We must wait for His perfect time and rely on the word of God to guide us through the period of dark hour. That’s why I pray for someone reading this message when perfect time come your way may the Lord give you the grace to discern the time that will make positive impart in your life in the name of Jesus Christ (Amen)
I decree once again prophetically as Oracle of God servant may the Lord give you the grace to overcome every temptation of the enemy assigned to bring you down in the name of Jesus Christ (Amen)
#Shalom#GV Prophetic Voice
Funsho Daniel, Lead Pastor (GVPVTM)
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