General Ezra Carman, one of General McClellan’s subordinates, later wrote that when a subordinate told Napoleon he didn’t know the strength of the enemy army in his front, Napoleon told him to attack! That would let him know. The Gleam of Bayonets, 164
In I John 3:8 the apostle wrote that Jesus came to destroy the devil’s work. In so doing he discovered how strong the devil was. He found him formidable, entrenched and contesting every inch of territory claimed. BUT…unable to resist the attacks Jesus made on his strongholds. That’s the essential fact of history!
Thus, he cleansed the Temple twice during his ministry and removed it entirely in AD 70. Because it represented a religious force incapable of contesting Emperor worship in the Roman Empire. Because after Pentecost Jesus had in Christianity the very spiritual power that could and did successfully contest it.
Thus, Jesus thrashed Satan into a bloody pulp in their wilderness confrontation, proving his mastery of every satanic temptation in the very presence of the evil one. It wasn’t surprising that he later attacked and evicted the devils from demoniacs.
By attacking Satan Jesus discovered his major strengths and revealed his own irresistible strength.
Thus, Jesus heroically submitted to death so he could prove his mastery of a heretofore unconquerable foe of humanity. He died to “destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” Hebrews 2:14.
Again, by attacking Satan in his strongest of strongholds Jesus proved his greater, invincible strength.
That’s the very power Christ gives his people over Satan’s temptations. In that regard, consider I Corinthians 10:13 as a challenge, not a comfort. For when we fall to Satan because “we couldn’t help ourselves,” Jesus says we simply ignored the way we could have by invoking the Holy Spirit’s power to ATTACK its presence in our lives. That succeeds every time. If we find it doesn’t, it’s because we haven’t attacked strongly enough, or long enough or persistently enough. In truth, as C.S. Lewis said, Jesus is the strongest man in the world since he neither surrendered to any satanic temptation nor failed to overcome and destroy any stronghold Satan built. When Satan came to Jesus, intriguing, blustering and threatening, Jesus attacked, attacked and attacked him.
Let us follow the Savior’s example, and not be subject to our weakness and refusal to withstand, then attack, withstand, then attack until Satan flees! Let that help us better understand James 4:7. Resistance isn’t merely a declaration of intent. It’s a willingness to let the Holy Spirit activate Jesus Christ’s overcoming power in us, John 16:33, to not merely shove back when Satan tempts, but to BLOW him back, beat him down, then walk all over him like he’s nothing but a floor mat! Yours for a Christ-conquering life.
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