February 8, 2012
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil. And when He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights… the tempter came to Him.” (Matt. 4:1-3)
After Jesus fasted, the Devil came to Him. Wow – this revelation explains why I’ve been under attack the past 2 days! Thank God – the strength I gained during my fast is getting me through this temptation.
There is a spiritual battle going on here right now. It started this weekend when someone hid the worship cds and there was no music for the evening church service. Praise God that someone left a cd out and they were able to use that one for the service. The cds were found 2 days later hidden behind the Native American’s drum.
Last night the Wiccans had a ritual during our choir practice time, so we got booted till later in the night. As soon as we got in to practice – the guard called mail call, so we had to go and couldn’t practice.
I tried so hard not to complain about this. It was out of my control, but I still had a lot of irrational thoughts about it. “They could have given me more notice to reschedule… they should have their own chapel for rituals… the world should suit me… yada yada yada…”
Really it was not a big deal. We will get to practice on Saturday.
On Monday, I had another opportunity to complain and throw a fit. I was told I would be making more money at my new job as the chapel orderly. But when I got paid, my check was the same amount I made working 2 days a week in the gym. I was disappointed in this because I work so much harder now. And I had a hard time not complaining about this as well. I had to keep reminding myself to “do everything without complaining.” (Phil 2:14)
My mom told me to remember that I am working for the Lord – not for the money. She is right. I like to be dependable. And I like to be a diligent worker. I am in prison. I am lucky to be paid at all.
There have been so many distractions and temptations. Not to mention a few weeks ago when our music sheets were stolen right off the chapel clerk’s desk.
WHO DOES THAT?
Satan – that’s who! He’s mad about what God’s got going on here! He’s trying to interrupt our worship and our focus.
But we know that we can resist the devil and he has to flee from us! (James 4:7) And just like Jesus quotes scripture to put the devil in his place, we will follow His example saying, “Away from me Satan! For it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only!'” (Matt. 4:19)