Apostle Grace Lubega
Job 1:12(KJV); And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
The story of Job reminds us of how highly God thinks of us.
He has such great confidence in the strength within us and knows that no stunt of the enemy can diminish it.
He boasts about Job and says, “Hast thou considered my servant Job…?” He does the same for you and says, “Hast thou considered my servant Peter, John, Elena, Mary?”
Because He is so confident about what is in you, He knows that there is nothing the devil can do to destroy you. Why else would He tell the devil, “ALL that he has is in thy power…”
God gives the enemy “permission to tempt” because He is convinced that you are unbreakable.
You need to start looking at every temptation from His perspective!
In Matthew 4:1, the Bible says, “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”
God also ” allowed ” the temptation of Jesus to prove to the devil that what was in the Christ was above corruption and that no amount of bribery could lure Him into the world of darkness.
Peter, who represents the Church of Christ was not spared either.
In Luke 22:31-32, the Lord says, “Simon, Simon, behold, satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
Jesus did not pray for Simon not to be tempted. He ” allowed ” the temptation to prove Peter’s strength.
The next time you come face to face with temptation or affliction, understand that it is not meant to test your weakness but to show your strength.
Be conscious of the fact that God and countless eternal witnesses are cheering you on and chanting, “You are strong! You are strong.”
Join the chorus and say to yourself, “I am more than a conqueror; I have victory in Christ; This issue is proving to the world that there’s greatness in me.”
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Corinthians 10:13, Luke 22:31-32
GOLDEN NUGGET: The next time you come face to face with temptation or affliction, understand that it is not meant to test your weakness but to show your strength. Be conscious of the fact that God and countless eternal witnesses are cheering you on and chanting, “You are strong! You are strong.”
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this Word. I thank You for what You have placed inside me. You are my strength and I can never be shaken by anything. No storm, no fire and no wind can blow strong enough to shake me because I know who I am. In Jesus’ name, Amen.