Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
"The Devil, having concluded all the temptation, retired from him until another convenient time" (Luke 4:13)
After the Devil's third unsuccessful attempt to get Jesus to compromise His integrity to God, "the Devil left him." (Matthew 4:11) However, Satan did not intend to stop tempting Jesus, as we are told in today's text. When we succeed in opposing the Devil, we should thank Jehovah. But we should also seek God's continued help, for the Devil will return to tempt us at another time convenient for him—and not necessarily when we may be expecting a temptation. Hence, we must remain alert at all times, ready to persevere in rendering sacred service to Jehovah regardless of the tests we must face. To help us in our efforts to oppose the Devil, we should pray for and will receive the most powerful force in the universe—God's holy spirit. It will enable us to do things that would be impossible for us to do in our own strength.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/08, 4:15, 16)