Daily Devotional
Daily Devotional: Are you ready for “The Devil after the Dove”?


BIBLE MEDITATION:

Neither give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:27

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

Have you ever gotten into an argument with a family member on the way to church? Don’t look so pious! Every preacher knows the devil will try to attack God’s children right before church, on the way to church, after church—and on the way home in the car! There is a spiritual principle here we need to learn. It’s what I call “the devil after the dove” principle.

When Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove. Right after, He was led into the wilderness, where He was tempted by the devil. So it will be with you. When God does something great, or when you get the approval of God about something, you can expect the attack of the enemy, sure as night follows day. So don’t let it take you by surprise. Instead, be prepared. Then when the attack starts, you can say, “Hmmm. Wait a minute—I know what this is all about…”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “When God opens the windows of Heaven to bless us, the devil will open the doors of hell to blast us.”

ACTION POINT:

Don’t be caught off guard. Have you had a wonderful spiritual experience recently? Then you'd better not say, "I've got it made," because the devil, your enemy, is going to counter-attack! Friend, there's never a time to say, "I'm just going to coast all the way to glory." You’d better not start coasting. If the devil tempted Jesus, be sure he will tempt you as well.

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