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Devotional - week of March 28, 2004


ROBBING SATAN OF HIS OPPORTUNE TIMES

… when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.  Luke 4:13

Second Corinthians 2:11 reveals that believers should not be ignorant of Satan’s devices.

… for we are not ignorant of his devices.

The broader passage indicates one of Satan’s opportune times. In verse 10 Paul writes:

Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive … that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us …

Satan considers a believer’s unwillingness to forgive to be an opportune time for tempting that believer.

In Ephesians 4:26-27 Paul reveals another opportune time for Satan. He writes:

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.

The command to “be angry” is a reference to righteous indignation. The command that follows is that we should not permit righteous indignation to continue over a lengthy period of time. Satan can take prolonged righteous indignation as an opportune time to tempt us to such things as bitterness and hate.

Certain circumstances in our lives have created opportune times for Satan to tempt us. Many of us can testify that when we permit ourselves to live day after day in a state of physical and emotional fatigue, we are creating for Satan an opportune time.

In our times of prolonged fatigue we often lose our communion with God—a loss which is helped along by Satan. We are tempted to such things as fault-finding and damaging outbursts of anger.

When we live out the life of grace, we rob Satan of his opportune times.