A Christian Journey

Know The Adversary

“And he said to Him, If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, He will give His angels charge over you, and they will bear you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone.” Matthew 4:6 Amplified

Today’s verse is the second testing of our Lord by the adversary. This time the devil uses scripture to try to convince Jesus to disobey God. As always though, he doesn’t give the complete verse he quotes. When he says it is written, he is quoting from Psalm 91:11 & 12, but he leaves out an important part. The verse actually says, “For He will give His angels charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways of obedience and service.” Then verse 12 says, “They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” He leaves out the part about obedience and service, making it sound like it doesn’t matter why you are throwing yourself down, God will protect you. Jesus, of course, had a wonderful response, He says, “On the other hand it is written also that you shall not tempt, test thoroughly, or try exceedingly the Lord your God.”

So what does all that tell us about how to be like Jesus?  For me, I see several things. First, I’ve heard it said in any competition or survival situation, know your enemy or adversary. We know the devil will twist scripture and the truth, he’s been in the business of making us doubt since the Garden of Eden. We must realize that when we are tempted, tested and tried if doubts come in our mind and spirit. Secondly, this also speaks of how well we need to know the Word. If you feel like you can’t memorize scripture then use 3 x 5 cards and write scripture down, keep them handy, and when doubts come in read them, OUT LOUD! Finally, stay focused on whatever the Lord is giving you to do at that time, keep your eyes on Him not the waves crashing all around you. He will strengthen you.


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