When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. (Luke 4:13)
This verse really hits it home- the devil is lurking about just waiting for the opportune time to strike. And sometimes, without even realizing it, we help to create that opportune time by feeding into insecurity, worry, and anxiety. When we let go of God and spiral down the rabbit hole it is almost an invitation announcing an opportune time. The solution sounds so simply, but it truly is- adjust the focus to total dependence on God.
Dr. Charles Stanley sums it all up: “Throughout the Old Testament, God’s Spirit would temporarily come upon saints for a particular work. However, after Jesus ascended to heaven, He sent the Spirit to dwell permanently within each believer. Consider what this means: If you’re a Christian, God is living inside of you, available to help all through life by providing guidance, comfort, and empowerment.
Obedience to Christ is too difficult for anyone relying on his own strength. And discerning what to do in every situation is far too complicated for a fleshly mind. For some reason, though, Christians often try to live life by depending on their own energy and reasoning. Defeat and failure are unavoidable without His power in our lives.
Do you recognize your need for the Lord? Begin each day confessing your dependence upon Him. Ask to be filled with His Spirit so that all you think, do, and say will be an overflow from Him. Then trust Him to work in mighty ways through you. Watch what almighty God can do.” (In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley)
God provides guidance: But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)
God provides comfort: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3)
God provides empowerment: Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only one foundation
We believe, we believe. -Newsboys