“Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple” (Matthew 4:5).

While we expect temptation to confront our points of weakness, we may be surprised to discover that the evil one will also challenge what we believe to be our strongholds. This temptation of Jesus is filled with holy things — a holy city, a holy temple, and even God’s holy word (vs.6 and the devil’s quoting of Psalm 91). It’s a reminder that the work of the devil isn’t limited to the secular, but can also be found in the spiritual. What is perceived as a greatest strength can easily become one’s greatest vulnerability. It requires of us the humility to acknowledge both.

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