Luke 4:13 says, “And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.”
If you are part of the body of Christ, then be assured, Satan is going to try to destroy you. You have made him furious, and he is going to flood your life with all kinds of troubles. You better believe he knows where you are most vulnerable, and he will not rest until he has used every resource he has to destroy your faith in God. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5:8-9).
Peter painted a good picture when he wrote the devil is as a roaring lion. When a lion is attacking a group of animals, does he go for the strongest and fastest? Definitely not! He looks for the weak. He seeks “whom he may devour.” That would be the one who is at a point where he is not his strongest, perhaps when your faith has already been through a trial and it is weakening. That is when the devil will strike. There is the opportune time he has been waiting for.
There are those who like sympathy who will nurse their weakness and keep it. If you are one of those Christians, you will never be free. The enemy has you in his grasp and will keep you there, willingly.
The devil knows he can’t get to most seasoned Christians through blatant temptations, so he is going to be more subtle than that. Since he does know your weaknesses, he will flood your life with pain, struggles and trials specifically made for you. And if there is any one area in your life that you have not surrendered to God, he will grab onto that and use it against you. For example, maybe you have not given your health over to Him. Perhaps that is the one thing you just feel you cannot totally trust Him with. Whatever it is, the devil will use any circumstances or lack of trust he can to pull you into his control. Recognize these plans for what they are. Do not blame God for Satan’s attacks. Look at them with spiritual eyes and turn to God’s Word, because the Bible holds power against Satan!
When Jesus was tempted by Satan, what did He use as a weapon? Turn to Matthew 4:1-11. This is where Jesus was tempted by Satan after Jesus had been fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. Notice the enemy picked a time when he knew Jesus would be weak physically. Don’t think he doesn’t know when we are weak physically. He is waiting for a time like that. Notice what Jesus used to fight the temptation. He quoted scripture! He used Deuteronomy 8:3, Deuteronomy 6:16 and Deuteronomy 6:13. Also, take note that after this the devil left. So if Christ himself used Scripture to battle Satan, isn’t that a good example of what we need to do? When you are weak, when Satan is attacking, get into the Word and use it to do battle. It is the sword that can slay the devil. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow. ” Praying Scripture is very powerful against the enemy. So claim verses aloud while you are praying. The devil isn’t hearing you when you quote verses aloud, he hears God!