Elie Chansa, Staff Writer.
Often a times we have heard the statement; no retreat – no surrender. It simply shows how determinant a person is while dealing with something – thanks to Coren Yuen for starring Jean-Claude Van Damme in his 1986 feature film, we, kids of the 80’s and 90’s are aware of the phrase.
Come to think of it in real life, you will without a doubt understand that it is more or less of the same principle the devil uses in his plans.
Job experienced the same thing. Clearly the first chapter of Job depicts how Satan convinced God to allow disaster to Job. Yet, chapter 2 details how Satan convinced even more trouble to Job, pushing him to his limits until Job finally began cursing the day of his birth.
Satan failed during the first attempt, but sought for an opportunity and made a second attempt. He was persistent.
The fourth chapter of Luke shows the same, when Satan cornered Jesus testing him while on a forty day fast. I just ca not imagine being tested for the entire time, I maybe would have given in.
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. (KJV)
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. (NIV)
Just to make things clear, Satan knew who Jesus is, he yet – made several attempts, for forty days.
Verse one throughout to twelve, show how the devil was persistent. Until when he ran out of tempts, and decided to retreat. I call it a tactical retreat.
And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. (KJV)
When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time (NIV)
It is almost saying in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s common words, “I’ll be back” from the Terminator series.
The moment Jesus stood firm, the devil left (though for a while) and Angels came for Jesus; The book of Matthew says so.
Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. (KJV)
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. (NIV)
Likewise to Job;
So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning… (KJV)
The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part… (NIV)
And so we get to learn that, at the end, comes forth blessings from God. But that is subject to how you sustain what is thrown to you.
The devil, knowing that his place is hell, he nevertheless did not give up tempting Jesus even-though his place is heaven.
Who are you brother? Who are you sister? You are subject to temptations, but the end matters the most.
The devil has so many ways of putting you to test, and he will be coming back until when it is over. He has nothing to lose, he has all the time; wandering around seeking for new followers. A company to be with in hell.
Beware brethren. He has multiple faces.