The devil came to Jesus one last time, this time after His spirit man. The devil took Jesus up on an exceedingly high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. Then the devil said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:9 NKJV). Worship is what the devil wants. Remember what Isaiah and Ezekiel revealed, the devil wants to sit where God sits. True worship originates in the spirit man as our spirit is quickened by the Spirit of God. True worship is always connected to truth. “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” (John 4:23 NKJV). So Jesus took that arrow and broke it in front of the devil when He said, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” (Matthew 4:10 NKJV). Three for Jesus! The devil loses!

The issue is always about worshiping. Rebellion and idolatry are about what you are worshiping. Most music is about the things that people worship. Material possessions are rooted in the things that humans desire for personal gratification, another form of worship. Paul put it beautifully when he wrote:

But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Philippians 3:7–11 NASB

Here is the key to the devil leaving you for a season: The less you hold onto in this life, the less the devil has to hassle you with. The more you gain Christ, the more the enemy is weakened by the overcoming life of Christ in you. It is not by the works of the Law that we overcome the enemy, but by the righteousness of Christ dwelling in us.