And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread (Matthew 4:3 KJV)
Glory & Grace Daily devotional for yesterday discussed the importance of our identity as sons of God( male or female). We did mention that of Satan’s three temptations, two of them were direct attacks on Jesus’ identity as the Son of God. Satan came in with the words “if.” He was testing the waters to see if Jesus had any doubts about what the Father said about Him.
He wanted Jesus to do something to prove His identity. Jesus did not do what He requested. He did not doubt who He was or His understanding of what the Father thinks and says about Him. Jesus was secure in His identity. How many of you have also felt the pressure from people around you to prove something to them? Maybe you want to prove you are anointed, or you can sing or preach. Or maybe you did something mainly because you want to show that you too can do it. We repeatedly fall daily for the same tricks of the enemy. We are often so insecure in many ways.
We do not need to prove anything to anyone. Let this pressure fall off your shoulders. Do not let anyone make you feel pressured to prove who you are. The Father has said, “you are His child”. This is enough. When needed, your identity will be demonstrated but not to satisfy people’s curiosity or Satan’s temptations.
Can you think of a time in your life when you also felt pressure to prove something to someone or some people? The very fact that we did what they demanded from us means we were not secure or had doubts.
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Satan does not change his methods because they work. They worked with Adam and Eve and have had great success until he met Jesus. Will it work for you too? Will Satan succeed in casting doubts on who God says you are and make you try to do things to fit in a group, prove you can also do something, etc.?
Pray that the Lord will deliver you from the attacks of Satan on your identity.