Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” (Matt. 4:3 NKJ)
When Satan came to tempt Jesus after His forty-day fast, his first bus stop was the identity of Jesus – that is, His claim of being the Son of God. Satan attacked God’s Word that the Father had spoken to Jesus.
The Father had openly said to Jesus forty days earlier, “You are My Son.” Satan came in and asked, “If You are the Son of God . . . ” Notice he did not say God was wrong in what He said or that God lied. This would have been a direct attack on the Word which Satan himself does not do. He does not directly attack God, but those who have heard God.
This is easy to understand from Eve. Satan came to Eve and asked whether God really told them not to eat of the tree. Satan questioned her understanding of the Word and she stumbled at his subtleties. Adam, and of course Eve, had no doubts about the Source of the commandments. They knew God spoke to them, but Satan questioned their understanding.
Satan continues the same tactics today, attacking the Word that God has given to us. Have you ever heard from God, and you were so sure of it and told everyone about it? And then some circumstances occurred, and you began to ask yourself if it was really God who spoke to you.
Satan’s nightmare is the Word of God in the heart of man that is growing and producing fruit. Beware of the “ifs” of Satan after you have heard God’s Word.
Declare out that “I live by the Word of God and my identity is from what He says, not what I feel.”
APPLY THE WORD
Are you questioning who you are in Christ because of what is happening? Rekindle the fire of the Word of God you heard!
Ask that the Spirit will keep you from Satan’s deception.
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