Tuesday 17 September 2013

Know the Word!

1 Peter 5:8"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."

The New Living Translation puts it a lucid way
"Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8).

I was studying the book of Matthew 4:1-11 this morning and the Lord led me to ponder on verse 6 where Satan quoted the Bible.

Satan Tempts Jesus

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’and,‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone
.’ Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’

When Satan tempted Jesus, He justified his request with a scripture

God wants you to know that just because an individual is quoting a bible scripture does not mean they are of God. Furthermore, Satan allows people to quote biblical scriptures; however the scriptures are usually misquoted and misinterpreted to justify sins and to glorify themselves.
God said even the very elect will be deceived (Matthew 24:24).

Be on the look out, don't fall for Satan's trap. He can use anybody to tempt you including your mind.  Take control, study your bible everyday, create time to listen to God, in order words, let the Spirit of God direct your life, and you will never satisfy the desires of the human nature (Galatians 5:16). 

  • Prayerfully ask God to help you to stay spiritually alert.
  • Also, desire the discernment of the Spirit. The Spirit to distinguish the truth from falsehood.
  • Finally, create time to study the Word of God. God cannot be separated from His Word. John 1:1 states that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” When you read the Word of God regularly, the Word of God will guide you appropriately.

- Myss Lafunky

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