This is a post from a women who just got off a Heart Quest. To good not to share.
When does temptation generally come?
Answer- Often after great times of blessing!
When Jesus began His public ministry, He went to be baptized by his cousin, John the Baptist. The Holy Spirit descended on Him in the form of a dove. The Heavenly Father proudly said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Then temptation came.
Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert to be tempted.
After the dove came the devil.
It usually works that way in our lives as well. After the blessing comes the trial. The two often go hand in hand. Don’t be surprised if temptation comes to you, for instance, right after God speaks to you in church or in a time of devotion.
Times of attack often come after mountaintop experiences. Jesus was on the mountaintop with Moses and Elijah. Once again God said, “This is my beloved Son; hear Him!” After they came down from the mountain. (Scripture is not clear how long after words they came in contact with the demon possessed child, but it appears to be soon.) The man with a demon-possessed child was waiting.
Know this- Whenever God speaks, the devil will be there to oppose.
The enemy knows your guard may be down after God has spoken or blessed.
History tells us that when Hitler invaded the European nations during the early years of World War 2,
in almost every situation, he attacked on a weekend. Hitler knew the various parliaments would not be in session, making it more difficult to react swiftly to an invasion.
The same happened to Israel on Yom Kipper 1973. On the Day of Atonement, a national holiday, the holiest day to the Jewish people, their enemies Egypt and Syria attacked.
In the same way, our enemy the devil waits for the opportune time to attack. He waits for that moment when we are the most vulnerable. It may be when we think we are the strongest.
We may have reached what we think are “great heights” in our spiritual life. We may feel that we would never fall to base temptation and sin. We may even boast of it to others.
Watch out, because you’re just painting a bull’s-eye on your chest.
The Bible says, 1 Corinthians 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
Aa I read this I can relate big time. Some of my biggest struggles have come after the mountain top experience. It has happened so many times that often I have thought I am not going to do that anymore because I hate what comes after words. That is wrong thinking. That is stinking thinking. There have been times that I have actually bragged about how well I am doing then fall within the next few days. I remember that I say “it has been so long since I did ………..” I was speaking with my wife the other day about this very thing. I said the next time someone asks me about who long has it been I am going to say I have not today. There is no future in the past!
It does not matter how long I have not used drugs, how long I have gone without overeating, how long I have not seen any porn. You only have today!
24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises loving kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord (NASB)