After loosing the battle to tempt Christ into sin, the Devil departs “until an opportune time.” (Lk. 4:13)
AN “OPPORTUNE TIME” – That is what the Enemy of our soul is soliciting from you as he “prowls about like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.” (I Pet. 5:8)
Let me suggest five “opportune times” when Satan is most likely to strike:
#1 During periods of strength and success –
“But when (Uzziah) became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and was unfaithful to the Lord…” (II Chron. 26:16a).
#2 When you choose to live by wrong priorities –
David, while at the pinnacle of his career got into trouble with Bathsheba because he was lounging when he should have been fighting (II Sam. 11).
#3 When you decide to go against godly counsel –
Jehoshaphat, who for years had followed God in an exemplary fashion, chose to discount a prophet’s warning not to go to war. It cost him his life (II Chron. 18).
#4 When you, in your pride think that you are capable of winning over Satan’s“stratagems”–
“Put on the full armor of God…to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:11, 13).
#5 During times of stress and fatigue –
Elijah hit a devastating low after his victorious but intense encounter with the 450 prophets of Baal, and after traveling a demanding day’s journey (I King. 18:37 – 19:4).
QUESTION: What steps do you need to be taking now to insure the fact that you are not Satan’s next victim…during an “opportune time?”
My prayer is that you are having a great week!