The Bible calls the devil by many names. Jesus calls him a murderer, a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). In the gospel of Matthew, the devil is described as the tempter when he appeared to Jesus in the wilderness.
3Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
Temptation means “putting on trial”.
Every time you are tempted by the devil, he is actually putting you on trial. The devil is an expert in sowing seeds of doubt and fear. His intent is to make you query the validity of your relationship with God.
By questioning Jesus, the devil was insidiously turning the revelation, “You are My Son…”into a speculation, “if You are the Son of God…” The devil can’t rob you of your identity, but he can make you cast doubt over the legitimacy of your identity.
The Apostle James tells us to resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7). The word, “resist” was originally used as a wrestling term. It is the ability to stand firmly on your ground for you to get a leverage to deflect all of your opponent’s manoeuvres.
Jesus as the Son of God has more power in Him than just the power of turning stones into bread. However, he resisted the devil by rebutting every temptation with the truth of God’s Word. He demonstrated that there was no need to summon “greater power from heaven” to deal with the devil when using God’s Word can overcome his snares.
Moreover, Jesus successfully challenged every power of Satan and his evil cohort on the Cross and made “a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15). His victory is our victory.
The devil can’t take the truth.
Every time he tempts you, resist him with God’s Word and he will flee. Never make it easy for the devil to deny who God has made you in Christ.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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