The temptation of authority

temp_world“Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’” Mt. 4:8,9 (ESV)

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Last week we began looking into the aspect of spiritual warfare with our enemy Satan. We briefly examined the first two temptations of Jesus using the terminology coined by Alicia Britt Chole in her book Anonymous- Jesus’ hidden years…and yours.

Chole categorizes the first temptation as appealing to our appetites.

The second temptation appeals to our desire for applause.

Today we deal with the third and final temptation of Jesus.

It is the desire for authority.

Satan offered Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world and all their glory for just one thing…worship.

Jesus didn’t contest the fact that these kingdoms belonged to Satan.

Jesus countered that we must worship God alone.

Satan rarely tempts us to worship him directly. He prefers a more indirect approach.

His goal is to get us to worship anything or anyone other than God.

When we worship something or someone other than God…we give that thing or person authority over us.

And since Satan currently controls everything in the world…when we worship something or someone in the world…we are ultimately worshipping Satan.

It doesn’t matter what or who we worship.

It might be a sports team…a hobby…our spouse…or our family. If that person or thing becomes an idol for us…we have given it authority over our lives.

Finally…we might make ourselves the idol.

We do that when we make important decisions without consulting anyone…especially God.

We believe we are the ultimate authority for our life.

Therefore, we have no need to submit to any other authority…even God.

We decide our careers…our spouse…where we will live…the number of children we will have…and on…and on.

We create a life for ourselves…and then expect God to bless it.

I should know…I’ve done it.

Don’t let Satan pull you into worshipping an idol…especially yourself.

Willingly and regularly submit to God’s leading for your life.

Then you will discover that His plan is always best.

Prayer: Lord, show me what idols I currently worship…and help me put my whole life under Your authority.

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