I am a Jesus pusher!!! Mercy, pure in heart, and peacemakers (Matthew 5:3-10) are not valued in the kingdom of darkness. Ruthlessness, domination, power, and the ability to master every situation for self-benefit are held supreme. Yet, everyone of this persuasion is soon crying for mercy. They define peace as the removal of conflict because they are superior. They live in the world of “what can I get by with” and “what can I get.” The heartbeat of purity that pumps forth integrity and honesty is polluted with greed and selfishness.
Jesus battled the devil in spiritual warfare for forty days and forty nights (Matthew 4:1-11). In an all out effort, Satan launched three last attempts. The final temptation climaxed in no tricks or manipulations. Evidently, the devil was willing to bargain with Jesus to survive. He took Jesus to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. The Greek word “doxa,” translated glory, refers to viewpoint and perspective. Satan is sure Jesus will bow to this temptation. It is a deal far too great not to accept. Jesus came to earth to establish a Kingdom; He is the only one in this Kingdom at this point. If Jesus could take over the kingdoms of the world, why would He not rush at the opportunity? In glee and delight, Satan pointed out all the wonders of his kingdoms. All the filth of sin, all the perversion of sexual desires, all the corruption of dishonesty and greed, all the destruction of addictions, and all the cancer of carnality were revealed. Jesus could have it all. He could be King over this domain. The devil thought this would allure Jesus, when in fact it repulsed Him. The values of the Kingdom of Heaven are completely opposite of the values of world’s kingdoms. I want the values of Jesus! I am a Jesus pusher!!!