Our enemy is smart.
We have to be smarter!
Satan knows the scriptures.
He knows how to twist them around, take them out of context, to mislead us away from Truth.
He even tried to use scriptures to mislead Christ Himself! (Matt 4:1-11)
Who are we to think he will not use them to deceive us?
However, Christ knew the whole Truth.
He knew the spiritual meaning of the words thrown at Him.
He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
He was there when God revealed those written words.
He knew the big picture and how this great story ends.
We are not left to fend off the enemy’s attacks alone and helpless.
We have been given a powerful Advocate.
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you all things and will remind you
of everything I have said to you.”
We must depend on the Holy Spirit
to guide and teach us as we study God’s Word
so that we can be smarter than God’s enemy.
The deceiver is the best liar there ever was or will be.
If we don’t know the Truth, we are vulnerable to his misleading.
Here is how Christ describes him:
“He was a murderer from the beginning,
not holding to the truth,
for there is no truth in him.
When he lies, he speaks his native language,
for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
There is no other way to recognize a lie but to know the Truth intimately.
Study of God’s Word MUST be a priority!
Jesus is tested in the wilderness
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.