Good enough is not good enough
By Sparta Live | April 23, 2018 6:23 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
If we were to make our greatest presentation, we would lead out with our best. Having the opportunity to impress, most people would offer their highest level of product. Popular restaurants show commercials of fast food burgers that look much better in the picture than they do on the tray. A trip to the prom would result in the best tux or dress, the prettiest hair and nails, and the cleanest the car has ever been.
It’s our nature to present our best when everything is on the line, and I think the devil led out with his best when he tempted the Lord himself. He couldn’t afford to send a subordinate or miss his target intent due to lack of preparation or passion. If he gave his best, then he showed his hand and revealed his plan of attack.
In the book of Mathew chapter 4, Satan revealed himself and his intent, and we should take note to learn his plan of attack through this passage. First, he waited until Jesus had fasted for 40 days. His attack began after Jesus was at his lowest point of exhaustion. It is a proven fact that the human body will suffer greatly under such extreme hunger and fatigue. The body is not the only noticeable change, sharpness of thinking is diminished and judgment will be greatly compromised. When you and I feel we are at our lowest point and judgment is obscured is when we can expect the enemy to attack.
Notice another way that Satan displayed his tactics was to sneak around with his attack. He doesn’t have the ability to stand against Jesus toe to toe. He knows it means certain defeat for him, unless he can sneak in with a surprise assault at a moment when he hopes he can catch Jesus at his most vulnerable. So we shouldn’t expect the devil to come at us head on. If we see him coming, then we are able to prepare. We can call on our prayer warriors and armor ourselves up. But that simple little whisper in the back of our minds that says “they are talking about me” or maybe it could sound like “they gave that promotion to him when I deserved it” are the back door antics such an adversary would use against us today if he used against the Lord 2,000 years ago.
Let’s give this next comparison of attack a good look and notice that Jesus was about to launch his public ministry. His next step in Mathew 4:17 was to proclaim repentance. Satan tried to derail the mission before it could begin. Take a close inspection of our lives and realize if Satan is attacking for a reason. The devil will attempt to sabotage and distract you in an effort to keep you from growing closer to God and expanding the mission of Christ.
Allow me to leave you with this thought concerning the assault – in times of vulnerability and frustration, we have a tenancy to draw to the quick fix for the solution. Jesus was weak and vulnerable, and Satan offered him a quick fix for his hunger. If our relationships are suffering, then it will take more than quick words to fix the problem. If bills are piling up or illnesses are looming, he will try to make you believe that God isn’t present and doesn’t care about what you’re going through. If we don’t seek God in these moments, the devil will make us wonder if God is really good.
When it comes down to it, good enough is not good enough when we’re under attack. During the assault, we may fail to recognize this type of intrusion. But take note that something is about to happen, and we need better than good enough. Good enough is the enemy of God’s greatness in us. The devil led out with his best when he attacked Jesus, and we should not deceive ourselves and think he won’t do the same with us. If you find yourself under attack, then I’m asking you to elevate the assault to the next level. This is a small excerpt from a sermon I preached. If you are under such an attack, I would love for you to meet our prayer warriors and bondage breakers. Come and see me at Christpoint Church, on the square in Sparta, this Sunday morning, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and let’s get in the fight. We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God. Welcome home.