Then the Devil Comes

Text: Luke 8:11-12

In His explanation of the parable of the sower, Jesus described the time when “the devil comes.” There are various times when “the devil comes” to tempt us or to convince us to reject the truth. If we are to resist him, we would do well to note when he comes so we can be alert (1 Peter 5:8-9).

When the Word of God Is Preached (Luke 8:11-12)

  • Jesus spoke of “the sower [who] went out to sow his seed” (Luke 8:5) – this refers to preaching (Luke 8:11); the first thing the devil wants to do is prevent the seed from taking root (Luke 8:12)
  • Those who do not love the truth will not be saved (2 Thessalonians 2:10) – Satan deceives people to keep them in a lost condition (2 Thessalonians 2:9, 11-12); not supernaturally, but through his “servants” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; cf. Acts 13:8-10)
  • The devil comes when the word is preached – opposes it and those who teach it to turn people away

When We Plan Our Giving (Acts 5:1-5)

  • In the early church, Christians contributed to help needy saints (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35) – this parallels the giving that we do on the first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1-2); Ananias and Sapphira sinned by lying about what they gave (Acts 5:1-5); Satan tempted them to do it (Acts 5:3)
  • When we give, we must do so as we have “purposed in [our] heart” (2 Corinthians 9:7) – give bountifully, cheerfully, and liberally (2 Corinthians 9:6-7, 11); according to our ability (2 Corinthians 8:12); Satan tempts us to give grudgingly (2 Corinthians 9:7; cf. 1 Timothy 6:10) or not at all; hinders the church’s work
  • The devil comes when we plan our giving – tries to convince us to give less than our ability

When We Are Selfish and Greedy (John 13:1-2)

  • Jesus was going to be betrayed by Judas – the devil put it into Judas’ heart to do this; tempted him with financial gain (Matthew 26:14-16); effective because he was greedy (John 12:5-6)
  • To follow Him, Jesus calls us to deny self (Luke 9:23) – Judas was greedy and focused on enriching himself; we must place our service to God over our desires (Romans 12:1); we must put others ahead of ourselves (Philippians 2:3-5)
  • The devil comes when we are selfish and greedy – uses that to turn us away from or against the Lord

When We Are Weak and Weary (Luke 4:1-3)

  • After forty days in the wilderness, Jesus was hungry – the devil’s first temptation was to create bread; Jesus didn’t do it because He was trusting in the Father to provide (Matthew 4:11); Satan tried to exploit a physical weakness
  • God rewards those who continue in “faith and patience” (Hebrews 6:12) – if we are faithless and impatient, we will not endure (cf. Genesis 25:29-34); we must not grow weary (Galatians 6:9); if we give up during hardships, we will miss the reward
  • The devil comes when we are weak and weary – uses temporary hardships to distract us from the eternal reward

When the Sons of God Assemble (Job 1:6; 2:1)

  • These verses describe occasions when “the sons of God” presented themselves to the Lord – these were angels; Satan was among them
  • In the NT, the “sons of God” are baptized believers (Galatians 3:26-27) – even among fellow Christians, we can be led astray (Galatians 2:4-5; Jude 4); Satan disguises himself and his servants do the same (2 Corinthians 11:14-15); we must be watchful (Acts 20:28-30)
  • The devil comes when the sons of God assemble – he attacks when we are in a “safe” environment

Conclusion

  • The devil is always looking for an opportunity to attack us (1 Peter 5:8)
  • We must be watchful at all times – also wise to notice the patterns and tactics that he uses
  • We want to “resist the devil” so that “he will flee from [us]” (James 4:7)

Adapted from a sermon by Bryan Dockens – Then the Devil Comes


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